Access Control Technologies

(Digital Rights Management)

DEF: Access in the digital context, and controls over it, concerns digital content – within the meaning of ‘works’ as per the →Intellectual Property (copyright) system and including also content in databases protected under the sui generis right, excluding therefore the physical world, software per se and hardware. Consequently, this entry is about controlling access to such digital content. According to the Internet Security Glossary, ‘access’ means ‘the ability and means to communicate with or otherwise interact with a system to use system resources either to handle information or to gain knowledge of the information the system contains’, and ‘access control’ means ‘a process by which ...

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