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Digital Rights, Risk and Assurance



Gordon E. Lyon


A trust and assurance perspective applies readily to the distribution of digital products over the Internet: It identifies when digital rights remain viable, even with eventual mishaps and leaks that attend every long-term operation. An assurance system needs a flexible framework that is not too expensive.Arguments identify six preliminary assurance factors and briefly sample the rich space defined by them. The results illustrate that digital rights management can work in important cases, such as digital cinema. Other examples highlight circumstances that are not easily handled: Peer-to-peer distribution falls into this latter category.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6775
Report Number


assurance, digital products, digital rights, electronic commerce, internet distribution, loss, risk, World Wide Web


Lyon, G. (2008), Digital Rights, Risk and Assurance, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed May 30, 2024)


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Created October 16, 2008