Digital rights management (DRM): Managing digital rights for open access

Publication Date



When one mentions the term digital rights management (DRM), the immediate perception is of a copyright owner seeking to further exploit their product for economic reward. This article explains the nonrivalrous nature of information and how intellectual property rights can also be used to manage digital content for open access. In short DRM should be seen as being capable of facilitating not only restricted access but also facilitating open access. The paradigm shift proposed is for us to conceptualise DRM as being about the management of intellectual propert rights either for an open or restrictive purpose.

Document Type

Book Chapter

Access Rights

ERA Access