Supporting Limits on Copyright Exclusivity in a Rights Expression Language Standard

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Mulligan, Deirdre K.
Burstein, Aaron
Erickson, John S.
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2002-08-13
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Mulligan, D., Burstein, A., and Erickson, J. Supporting Limits on Copyright Exclusivity in a Rights Expression Language Standard. A requirements submission to the OASIS Rights Language Technical Committee on behalf of The Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Berkeley, CA, Aug. 13, 2002; see xml.coverpages.org/OASIS-SLTPPC-EPIC-8-13-02.pdf
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Copyright law grants certain rights to purchasers and other users of copyrighted works. It is neither a legal nor a practical requirement for users to declare (or claim) these rights explicitly in order to enjoy them. While the public's legal rights cannot be altered by Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems per se, we can imagine scenarios in which DRM systems may require users to make these kinds of declarations, in order to work around inherent technical limitations. It is therefore essential that a rights expression language (REL) provide the vocabulary necessary for individuals to express, in a straightforward way, the rights that copyright law grants them to use materials. The user's claim of right would provide the essential information for a usage-rights issuing agency to give the user the technical capability to use the work in a particular way.
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Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic (Univ. of California, Berkeley)
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