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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Soft and hard TPM barriers to ejournals

Kristin R. Eschenfelder, Every Library’s Nightmare? Digital Rights Management and Licensed Scholarly Digital Resources, a preprint self-archived March 5, 2007. 

Abstract:   This study explored what technological protection measures (TPM) publishers/vendors of licensed scholarly resources employ by assessing the use restrictions experienced in a sample of resources from history/art history, engineering and health sciences. The analysis develops a framework of use restrictions that distinguishes between soft TPM - which discourage use - and hard TPM - which strictly limit or forbid uses. Within soft TPM, the framework identifies six use discouraging TPM: extent of use, obfuscation, omission, amalgamation, frustration and threat. The study concludes that these soft TPM are common in licensed scholarly resources. Further, while hard TPM are less common, they are not unknown.