Copyright Security Issues in developing an Internet Publishing Strategy: The Experience of Film Industry

Anthony Roberts
Publishing, Simon Fraser University
April, 2001
 

Abstract

Abstract


This report examines recent developments in digital streaming-media technology and their impact on the publishing industry by documenting the experiences of one online publishing firm interested in distributing Canadian feature films. Digital technology and the Internet enable relatively small media publishing firms to serve potential audiences for the domestic film industry. The business of distributing film and video material on the Internet is, however, conducted within a framework of national copyright law and international copyright agreements and policies. Online publishers must employ appropriate hardware and software in order to meet the technological challenges of streaming media online and, at the same time, protect the intellectual property rights of film producers and artists.

The report focuses on the relationship between digital copyright issues and technological (hardware and software) solutions to problems of copyright security. An analysis of a representative digital rights-management and security suite reveals both the strengths and weaknesses of cryptographic security systems. These findings form the basis for suggesting alternative directions for online media publishing companies interested in promoting Canadian feature films.
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