Extensible Rights Markup Language (XrML)

Various authors, ContentGuard, May 22, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

from the website: "(XrML is) the Digital Rights Language of choice. XrML provides a universal method for securely specifying and managing rights and conditions associated with all kinds of resources including digital content as well as services." It should be noted that (according to its FAQ) a license will be required to use XrML. There is much debate (see here, for example) about whether users will actually have to pay to use the language. Critics are saying that a fee will be charged and one, Robin Covers, argues that rights languages that are based on paying royalties are a tax on the internet.
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