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A Quick-Reference List of Organizations and Standards for Digital Rights Management



Gordon E. Lyon


The field of digital rights management (DRM) --also called intellectual property management and protection (IPMP)-- is today a swirling mix of technology, policy, law and business practice. There are many organizations active in the field. Under such circumstances, even a modest guide or index of active organizations can be useful. In March 2002, experts at a NIST cross-industry DRM workshop recommended that NIST take steps toward such a guide. With the help of numerous workshop participants and others, is the first edition of a DRM quick-reference list.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 500-241
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digital objects, digital rights, information standards, intellectual property, rights management


Lyon, G. (2002), A Quick-Reference List of Organizations and Standards for Digital Rights Management, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created October 1, 2002, Updated October 16, 2008