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Call For Participation:

Workshop on Digital Rights Management

22-23 January 2001, INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France


This Workshop will explore existing technologies and new approaches for Digital Rights Management on the Web. Digital Rights Management (DRM) refers to techniques for describing and perhaps enforcing copyrights associated with Web resources. Multiple initiatives on national and international levels focus on protection of online content, yet trade, management, tracking and evolvability of such content have not been addressed in a comprehensive, open standards environment. Recent experiences with copyright of Web-based content show tension in both business models (Napster, MP3) and today's technology approaches (SDMI). New product categories such as eBooks also demonstrate the need for an approach to DRM that accommodates the diverse needs of content providers, distributors, artists, and users. Widely deployed Digital Rights Management standards on the Web might provide an opportunity to go one step further on the way to an Information Society by enabling the emergence of a variety of new business and social models for the dissemination and marketing of information products. This Workshop will explore the needs of these various communities, technologies that might address those needs, and ways in which the unique aspects of Web architecture determine what solutions may be appropriate and successful.

Various rights management approaches will have differential impact on individual components in the value chain, from users to content providers to distributors. At the Workshop we will explore the challenge of implementing DRM functionality that does not inappropriately restricting fair use and fair dealing rights protected in national and international copyright laws.

A key impact of DRM will be the substantial increase in re-use of Web content. Increasingly pervasive access to Web is changing the nature of distribution of digital media from a passive one-way flow (from publisher to the consumer) to a much more interactive cycle where creations are re-used, combined and extended in ever-expanding cycles. At all stages, the rights need to be managed and honored.

Workshop Goal

The goal of this workshop is to discuss and address DRM issues across multiple sectors and communities to enable the Web to deliver trusted rights management services. The intent is to find and highlight expressions, processes and methods for DRM applications that could be subject of a W3C Activity Proposal.

The organization of this workshop is handled under the W3C process.

Scope of the Workshop

The Workshop will address the management of any rights on intangible goods, that can be delivered, shipped or otherwise transported over digital networks, such as electronic books and images. The Workshop will not address rights on tangible goods, real estate, etc., or goods that can not be transported over HTTP.

The participants will discuss and debate the merits of a W3C Activity to investigate and propose DRM specifications to add value and services to the Web community in an open and extensible manner. Likely participants would be drawn from the following communities: publishers, creators/authors, content/data service providers, online trading services, trusted third parties, stakeholders from the library-, and other user communities.

DRM raises a mixture of technical, social, business and legal issues. The Workshop will concentrate on addressing the technical issues with DRM, though we will also seek background on legal and social considerations that effect the technical requirements of DRM for the Web. The technical issues include:

The discussion of DRM languages will include consideration of candidates for standard vocabularies for the expression of terms and conditions over digital assets. In DRM languages, authors, distributors and other intermediaries may express permissible usages for various digital asset manifestations, payment terms, tracking and security. We expect to discuss how DRM languages might reuse existing W3C standards (RDF, XML Signature, Micropayments, P3P).

Participants in this workshop should be familiar with the following W3C technologies:

More background material is expected to be posted on a workshop Web site shortly at:

Criteria for success

The workshop will be considered successful if:

Future work in this area will depend on whether this workshop identifies areas in which W3C can make a unique contribution, whether through standards development and/or liaison with other organizations.


As an accompanying measure for preparing discussions at the workshop, we invite discussions on the public mailing list. To subscribe, send mail to and put the word "subscribe" in the subject line. A public archive of this list is available at

The workshop is expected to result in the following deliverables:

These will be published on the workshop Web site.

Expected audience

We expect several communities to contribute to the workshop:

Registration and rules for participation

To facilitate workshop planning, anyone interested in participating should send a statement of interest to stating:

THIS DOES NOT REPLACE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION ! For official registration, please use the registration form.

Position Papers

Position papers are the basis for the discussion at the workshop. A position paper is usually short, around 1 to 5 pages (there is a maximum of five pages) and summarizes:

Position papers will be published on the public Web pages of the workshop, so position papers and slides of presentations must be available for public dissemination. Submitting a position paper comprises a default recognition of these terms for publication. Allowed formats are HTML/XHTML or ASCII. Papers in any other formats will be returned, with a request for correct formatting. Good examples of position papers can be seen in the QL'98 workshop.

The Program Committee may ask the authors of particularly salient position papers to explicitly present their position at the workshop to foster discussion. Presenters will also make the slides of the presentation available on the workshop Web site.

Position papers must be submitted via email to the Workshop Chairs(<> and <>) no later than 22 December 2000.


Workshop organization


Program Committee

The Workshop Agenda will be developed by a Program Committee. The Committee will include Rigo Wenning (W3C), Renato Iannella (IPR Systems), Daniel Weitzner (W3C), and Norman Paskin (DOI Foundation), John Erickson (Hewlett-Packard), Chuck Myers (Adobe), Maximilian Herberger (University of Saarland).

Organizing committee

Chair: Rigo Wenning, W3C, For meeting specifics, contact Coralie Mercier, W3C/INRIA,,  telephone and fax numbers (Tel: +33-4-92-38-75-90 Fax: +1-33-4-92-38-78-22)

Preliminary program

Each paper session will include discussion on the topics presented.

Day 1: 22 January 2001

08.30 - 09.00 Registration

09.00 - 10.00 Introductory remarks

10.00 - 12.00 Presentations of invited papers

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 16.00 Presentation of accepted position papers

16.00 - 17.00 Q & A

19.00 - 22.00 Social event

Day 2: 23 January 2001

09.00 - 10.00 Presentations of invited papers

10.00 - 12.00 Presentation of accepted position papers

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 16.00 Presentation of accepted position papers

16.00 - 17.00 Q & A


INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique)

2004, route des Lucioles, BP 93
06902 Sophia Antipolis Cedex

Telephone: +33 (0)4 92 38 75 90
Fax: +33 (0)4 92 38 78 22

Administration: Coralie Mercier

Getting There

Sophia Antipolis is situated outside Antibes, France. Nearest big airport is Nice, France.

Getting there by car : When you go from Nice or Marseille-Aix on highway A8, take the exit Antibes and follow the signs towards Sophia Antipolis.

Getting there by public transport: From the SNCF railway station in Antibes, take the bus towards Valbonne-Sophia Antipolis. Check the time tables for the bus company, STGA:

Line 1vb : Antibes - Valbonne - Grasse
Line 2vb : Valbonne - Antibes (Les Arrêts)
Line 3vb : Valbonne - Cannes
Line 4b : Gare SNCF Biot - Place Bermond (Sophia)
Line 5vb : Sophia - Cannes

From Nice: Take the Sophia Express: Nice-Aéroport-Sophia Antipolis, Rapides Côte d'Azur : Nice-Cannes and Cannes-Nice

Map of the location


Here are some suggested hotels for your stay during the workshop. You are responsible for your own hotel bookings. INRIA have an agreement with the following hotels, which will give a discount:

Hotel Josse ***

8, bd James Wyllie
06600 Antibes-Juan les Pins

Tel : +33 (0)4 92 93 38 38
Fax : +33 (0)4 92 93 38 39

This Hotel located on the seashore, in a residential district facing salis beach, opposite of the old quarter of Antibes, is at walking distance from the heart of town.

400 FF the single room and 495 the double (breakfast included)

This hotel is quite a distance from INRIA, so you will have to take a taxi or have a rental car..

Hotel Mediathel ***

Route des Crètes
06560 Valbonne


Located in the heart of a pine forest, the hotel is within 20 minutes of Nice International Airport and is easily accessible by car. All bedrooms are air-conditioned, have PC connection points, direct dial, automatic wake-up call and minibar.

Single room at 374 FF including breakfast and tax.

Other hotels are:

Hotel Royal ***

Bd Marechal Leclerc
06600 Antibes

Tel. +
Fax. +

Hotel Royal seemed to please some participants to former meetings. The hotel is semi-pension (i.e. one of the meals must be taken at the hotel.) Facing the sea, the hotel is located within walking distance of the heart of Antibes. It is very near the beautiful Cap d'Antibes, and directly on the beach.

Telephone, air conditioning, television.

Fares for 2001:

Double room with shower and sea view : 540 FRF per night
Double room with bath tub and a sea view : 670 FRF oer night
Breakfast (continental) : 65 FRF per person
Local tax : 5 FRF per person/per day

This hotel is quite a distance from INRIA, so you will have to take a taxi or have a rental car.

More information at:

Riviera Magazine

Provence Web

The French Riviera Web

Important dates

Date Event
28 November 2000 Call for Participation release
20 December 2000 Invited experts nominations
22 December 2000 Deadline for position papers (1 to 5 pages in HTML format - send to workshop chairs)
5 January 2001 Preliminary program released
12 January 2001 Deadline for registration (use registration form).
22-23 January 2001 DRM Workshop

W3C Resource Statement

Over the period of ten weeks, this work will consume 30% of the time of one W3C Team member for committee work, 20% of the time of one W3C Team member to handle local organization, and 10% of the time of one W3C Team member for managing the workshop Web site. This effort is part of the W3C Technology and Society Domain.

Last updated: $Date: 2001/01/03 18:27:23 $ by : Coralie