Towards Better Support for Copyright Compliance and for Privacy

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CitationBritish Computer Society Workshop on Web Science, London UK, Sept 2005.
AuthorJoan Feigenbaum


The W3C Recommendation entitled "Architecture of the World Wide Web" ( contains the following inspiring statement: "One goal of the Web, since its inception, has been to build a global community in which any party can share information with any other party." Two issues that continue to impede or at least complicate global sharing of information are copyright and privacy. Network-architectural decisions can go only so far in resolving these issues, because copyright and privacy are, to a large extent, social and legal (rather than technical) matters. Nonetheless, some architectural principles could facilitate sharing while respecting the goals of privacy and copyright compliance. We discuss several of them in this white paper.

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