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Human aspects of digital rights management: the perspective of content developers. [Journal Article]

Favale, Marcella; McDonald, Neil; Faily, Shamal; Gatzidis, Christos


Marcella Favale

Neil McDonald

Shamal Faily

Christos Gatzidis


Legal norms and social behaviours are some of the human aspects surrounding the effectiveness and future of DRM security. Further exploration of these aspects would help unravel the complexities of the interaction between rights protection security and law. Most importantly, understanding the perspectives behind the circumvention of content security may have a significant impact on DRM effectiveness and acceptance at the same time. While there has been valuable research on consumer acceptability, (The INDICARE project, Bohle 2008, Akester 2009) there is hardly any work on the human perspective of content creators. Taking video games as a case study, this paper employs qualitative socio-legal analysis and an interdisciplinary approach to explore this particular aspect of content protection.


FAVALE, M., MCDONALD, N., FAILY, S. and GATZIDIS, C. 2016. Human aspects of digital rights management: the perspective of content developers. SCRIPTed [online], 13(3), pages 289-304. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 1, 2016
Online Publication Date Dec 16, 2016
Publication Date Dec 31, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 29, 2021
Publicly Available Date Dec 8, 2021
Journal SCRIPTed
Print ISSN 1744-2567
Electronic ISSN 1744-2567
Publisher University of Edinburgh
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 3
Pages 289-304
Keywords Digital rights management (DRM); Video games; Computer games; User behaviour; User perspectives; Systems security; Access and authorisation
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