An online digital rights management guide has been released by the Federal Government to assist multimedia creators and developers secure and profit from intellectual property used on the Internet.
Launched by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, the guide can help reduce much of the time and effort currently spent in negotiations between copyright owners and users on management of online issues.
A spokesperson for Senator Alston said the guide was a step towards providing practical advice for those seeking an appropriate digital rights management system.
He said the government’s digital agenda reforms to the Copyright Act in 2000 provided copyright owners with necessary regulation to protect and commercially exploit intellectual property.
Enforcement measures were also introduced to help copyright owners combat online piracy. The government claims that an appropriate digital rights management system will assist creators, producers and traders to manage their works.
The guide looks at various technologies ranging from a simple in-house rights register to more complex systems incorporating payment options and access. It also emphasises the ability of an individual business to develop a system that meets its unique requirements.
The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts engaged the Australian Interactive Multimedia Industry Association to prepare the Guide with support from digital rights management company, IPR Systems, SecureNet, Gilbert and Tobin, and designer, Donna Parkes.