The Internet has stimulated innovation through disruption in any number of areas, not the least of which is redefining what it means to be a "publisher" -- of written, audio, video or other content. As everyone -- people, for- and not-for-profit businesses alike -- becomes a publisher, what are the next steps needed in order to ensure that content is treated as its creator desires. That may mean restricted use, or facilitating widespread use. This is not new -- when the first anonFTP indexer was created (Archie), it surprised some authors who thought they were sharing private draft copies of their manuscript on an FTP site. On the flip side, every now and then a photo or a video "goes viral" on the Internet generating interest and awareness beyond the creator's capacity to track it.
Are there ways that Internet application layer infrastructure standards could be extended to capture the content creator's intentions of use of digital content, to be as open or as restricted as that creator desires?
What are the building blocks from which that could start?
Of course, expressing rights is one thing, enforcement of respecting rights is another. In the interest of having a constructive 1 hour discussion, the focus in this session will be on maximizing the creative opportunities for digital content in the Internet environment by enabling greater facility to express and extend rights intended by content creators.
Leslie Daigle, Internet Society
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