Topics that this publication reports about are, among others, the authorized domain, recent studies concerning the position of consumers with disabilities and DRMs, developing countries, and international aspects of DRM in general. The supplement describes recent legal initiatives in Norway, Germany and Belgium. It also highlights some important consultation procedures and initiatives concerning DRMs that were initialised by the European Consumer Law Group (ECLG), The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD). An update on recent technical developments in the field of copy protection for different media is given. Finally, the role of DRM in the information economy is discussed and if DRM, from the business perspective, are primarily means of copy protection or business model enablers. New DRM-based business models are introduced that are based on viral marketing, peer-to-peer networks or subscription and rental services. And then there are alternative business models, new DRM-free content offerings that are reported about in this supplement.

The supplement concludes that the DRM sector is on the move, and that consumer and DRM issues are slowly but consequently generating more attention and triggering new initiatives in research, business models, and on the regulatory field. The authors conclude: "The issues discussed in this publication are issues that will very likely see more activity in the future. INDICARE will continue to monitor the sector until the next update end of the year".

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