Distributed Intellectual Product Rights Common Rights, Collective Rights and Intellectual Property
Distributed Intellectual Product Rights
  Nicholas Bentley Print version Blog


- References

© 1999-2005
Nicholas Bentley

Collective rights logo and identifier.
Support the Open Rights Group
Access to Knowledge / Internet Governance Forum

The DIPR system:

I now describe how the identifications will be applied to digital products and how the DIPR system will regulate these products.

The unique identifications for the creator and the consumer will, together, form a Property Rights Descriptor (PRD) field added to the digital copy of the product that in turn will form a unique manifestation of the intellectual product.  The secure databases, which make a record of the identifications, form a system of 'administrative offices' added to the Internet structure.

To see how the above structure will evolve, first regard the following diagram that outlines the distribution of digital products over the Internet today:

Figure 1: Digital Product Distribution Today

The desired product distribution pattern is that digital products move directly from the product owner or via their distributor to the users, or consumers, while payments flow back to reward the creator. The secondary distribution of products between users and the flow of personal user information back to the product owners are less desirable aspects of the current situation.

This next diagram shows product distribution in the Distributed Intellectual Property Rights environment with its system of administrative offices:

Figure 2: Digital Product Distribution DIPR

The fundamental feature of this new system is the administrative offices, of which there are two types (the Author Rights Office and the Consumer Rights Office), and there can be any number of each type of office (In another section I propose a theory, based on evolutionary principles, that emphasizes the need for the dual office structure and the use of two identifiers for each product manifestation). This office structure helps limit the amount of personal information that flows back to the product owners and ensures that most of the products will be identified with a Property Rights Descriptor (PRD) as I will explain later.

Top of page
© 1999-2007 Nicholas Bentley Updated: May 2007