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[FYI] (Fwd) E-book rights, or Brave New WIPO
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Date sent: Mon, 20 Mar 2000 16:19:06 -0500
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From: Seth Finkelstein <sethf@MIT.EDU>
Subject: E-book rights, or Brave New WIPO
I've been skmming through the specs at http://www.ebxwg.com/
It's like someone at the Cato Institute went absolutely wild. Amazing
stuff. Some choice excerpts:
Electronic books may be able to avoid the fine print and warnings by
making automatic what you can and cannot do with a copyrighted work.
* CopyCount - Number of copies of the content object the holder of the
voucher is allowed to view/lend/give/sell.
* Rights - Various rights that the holder of the voucher has:
* Lendable - Whether the holder can lend the voucher.
* Givable - Whether the holder can give the voucher to another entity.
* Sellable - Whether the holder can sell the voucher to another
* LendingTimeout - Amount of time the holder is allowed to borrow the
* PersonalUseCopies - Maximum number of personal use copies per
* PersonalUseTime - Day, Week, Month, Year.
* PersonalUseCopySize - Paragraph, page, chapter, whole.
3.1.5 Rights - Basic rights element The basic rights define whether
the owner has the right to give, lend, and/or sell copies of the
voucher. There are no attributes currently defined for the Rights
The values in the content of the Rights element are separated by
commas. The allowable values for the content of the Rights element
* Lendable - The e-book can be lent to another consumer or library.
* Givable - The e-book can be given to another consumer or library.
* Sellable - The e-book can be sold to another consumer, distributor,
or bookseller. For example:
<Rights> Lendable, Givable, Sellable </Rights>
3.1.7 PersonalUse - Personal use element If this element is missing,
no personal use rights are allowed. The PersonalUse element is a
container element for the actual personal use rights elements. The
personal use rights specify how often and what quantity of
information can be copied (or printed) from the e-book. The
personal use rights elements are:
* Interval - The interval during which personal use copies and/or
printouts are tracked.
The choices are: Day, Week, Month, Year.
* NumberAllowed - The number of personal use copies and/or printouts
that can be madeduring Interval.
* CopyUnit - A value indicating what portions of the work can be
copied and/or printed.
The choices are: Paragraph, Page, Chapter, EntireWork.
EBX also designed to provide "electronic rights management
information" as defined in the World Intellectual Property
Organization Copyright Treaty [WIPO96].
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