A Web Ontology for Copyright Contract Management

Roberto García and Rosa Gil
International Journal of Electronic Commerce,
Volume 12, Number 4, Summer 2008, pp. 99.

Abstract: Digitization and the Internet pose new opportunities and threats for content markets that cannot be adequately handled by traditional digital rights management. Lack of interoperability, ignorance of user rights, and implementation costs are the main problems. A Semantic Web ontology that conceptualizes the copyright domain is utilized to establish a common interoperability ground and means that incorporate user rights. The ontology provides building blocks for flexible machine-understandable copy-right contracts that can readily be implemented because of the easy reusability of Semantic Web tools.

Key Words and Phrases: Contract, copyright, digital rights management, ontology, Semantic Web.