Digital rights management and the public interest

By Saipriya Kumeria, Lall Lahiri & Salhotra

Technology has made it easy to store, share and transfer data, whether for business or recreational purposes, almost instantaneously and without any loss of data quality. This has dramatically impacted the consumption of entertainment. One can easily download music or movies from the internet, store it for multiple use – and, often, make little or no payment for it.

Saipriya Kumeria,Associate,Lall Lahiri & Salhotra
Saipriya Kumeria
Lall Lahiri & Salhotra

Unsurprisingly, this has let to angst and controversy in the entertainment industry, with new formats such as mp3 and devices such as iPods embodying both new opportunities and new challenges as consumers utilize the technology to share and transfer digital content without any payment to the content creators.

These technologies have also made it vastly easier for pirated copies of entertainment products to be distributed. The losses sustained by the global economy as a result of software piracy run into billions of dollars every year.

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Saipriya Kumeria is an associate at Lall Lahiri & Salhotra.


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