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Subject: Re: [docbook-tc] Digital Rights info in DocBook?

I'm not a big fan of DRM either, but I have several clients that are concerned about contracted work, that  they may only have rights to re-use under certain conditions. It's not so much of a consumer "we're going to lock you out if you don't use our player" as a "we only have acquired the rights to use this in print, not in PDF or eLearning" issue.

I'll take a look at the ODRL stuff and try to come up with a concrete proposal. I just wanted to gauge some initial reaction to the idea...

Best regards,


Norman Walsh wrote:
/ Scott Hudson <scott.hudson@flatironssolutions.com> was heard to say:
| I've been dealing with a number of clients that are considering DocBook
| implementations. One of the key requirements is consistently in the area of
| Digital Rights.

"Information wants to be free."

| Do you think it appropriate to include some digital rights elements into the
| info element, perhaps even from another vocabulary, such as ODRL (http://
| odrl.net/)?
| I'm talking about more than just the legalnotice. I think we need more
| specifics around permissions, constraints, requirements, and conditions.
| Thoughts?

DRM is evil.[1]

That said, I think it would be best to bring a concrete proposal to
the table. I took a quick look at the ODRL 1.1 "specification", which
is really just a W3C note.

I couldn't immediately grok the vocabulary there described, but
assuming that there is something that we could point to, a proposal of
the form "let's allow elements from the XXX namespace in info
elements" seems like it might be the easiest answer.

                                        Be seeing you,

[1] http://norman.walsh.name/2005/07/08/drm



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