Managing Digital Rights in Open Access Works

« Librarians, researchers using scholarly works, and consumers using popular media generally think of digital rights management (DRM) as only a limitation on their access and use of digital resources. DRM and open access (OA) works would strike one as a  very unlikely combination. In almost all cases, we would agree; however, we note two instances in which DRM and OA may be compatible. The first case is DRM used to enable more accessible and durable rights information and proper attribution for a work. The second case is DRM that limits some uses as an appropriate part of a compromise to make works OA that would not otherwise be so. (…) »