- Intellectual property: copyright, security, commerce, terms and conditions
- U. Kohl, J. Lotspiech, M. A. Kaplan, "Safeguarding Digital Library
Contents and Users: Protecting Documents Rather Than Channels," D-Lib
Magazine, September 1997.
This document gives an overview of security in a DL context. They
contrast securing the communications channel via SSL, SHTTP, etc. to
securing the digital object itself. The latter philosophy, of digital
objects beings responsible for their own "security" is similar to
digiboxes and buckets, discussed in lecture 7. This allows what they
refer to as "super-distribution," in which the object is free to "move"
around. This also fits with model of "smart objects, dumb archives"
we have put forth with buckets.
- R. Stallman, "Why Software Should Not Have Owners," 1994.
Richard Stallman is head of the Free Software Foundation, and both he and
Linus Torvalds (creator of Linux) are the de facto point men for the small but
vocal free software community. I present this reading half in jest, since
I've already disclosed that I'm an information radical ;-), and half seriously
since most of the concepts put forth in Chapter 10 of the Lesk textbook
can be considered as "philosophy." Perhaps the trouble we have
encountered in adapting intellectual property to a digital environment
should be considered an invitation to re-examine some of our
presuppositions about information.