Vocabulary Definitions

Various authors, , Dec 16, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I found this interesting. It's the action vocabulary being considered for the W3C's RightsML. What that means is that it's a list of actions that can be governed by a digital rigthjs license, according to the World Wide Web Consortium (they're importing and adapting the ODRL (Open Digital Rights Language) specifications. Reading the list (it takes seconds) is a fascinating experience, as it shows that the sorts of things governed by licenses include tracking, sharing, annotating, anonymizing, and much much more. It illustrates how pervasive digital rights has the potential to become in our everyday lives. So I view this list with a mixture of fascination and fear.

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