Digital rights needs government support

Broadband Stakeholder Group calls for greater involvement in pushing adoption of the technology Delays in the adoption of robust digital rights management (DRM) technology is holding up the delivery of content over the internet, the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) has warned. A report by the BSG's DRM division said that compelling content is needed to drive the adoption of broadband.

If barriers to the adoption of DRM technology were removed, it could ensure that content providers, such as record companies, get paid for the use of content online. It would also mean that e-government initiatives, such as putting health records online, could be accessed only by those entitled to see them. But the report's author, Nic Garnett, warned that there is still uncertainty about the technology.

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