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The paper examines encryption-based Digital Right Management (DRM) in Internet communication and information transfer, and identifies some of the major factors contributing to the ineffectiveness of existing DRM schemes. To study the viability of applying mobile phone communication in digital right transactions using data from the Nigerian Communication Commission and other sources, the paper seeks solution for digital copyright protection in Nigeria that will use the ubiquitous mobile phone, recharge cards and public key encryption. The proposed solution shifts digital copyright protection from copyright content usage protection to copyright content redistribution protection and uses
Short Message Service (SMS) of mobile phone service providers as means of communication and public key cryptography for content and transaction security. The solution decreases the required usage skill level and satisfies the fair use policy enabling artists and authors
to reach wider market with their products effectively and efficiently without losing their revenue.
The security and preservation of intangible belongings like information has posed a major challenge since the dawn of the information age and the invention of the Internet. While available technologies seem to be on top of these challenges, a very subtle form of preservation requires the protection of digital copyright contents even while they are in public domain. The consequences of the lack of effective and efficient digital copyright protection include booming piracy market, lack of motivation for quality creative work and huge revenue loss.
Computer Sciences Journal, Digital Right Management (DRM), Digital copyright protection, Copyright content redistribution protection, Short Message Service (SMS), Public key cryptography, Fair use policy