Author Rights Office
The author rights office will act for the artist,
creator, or legal owner of the intellectual product. It will contain
details of the product, the owner and a copy of the product. The
recorded details should be sufficient to uniquely identify the product
and the owner and, possibly, subject to relevant international treaties,
could be the official rights record the point where the intellectual
product is published and fixed in a tangible form. It
is possible that a unique Product Identification code could also
be used or applied but this is not essential for effective operation
of the DIPR system.
The second function of the author rights office
is to accept requests for the allocation of consumer rights to the
product and permanently record consumer rights office identification
and the consumer rights office local identifier against this product.
The structure of these identifiers is defined
A third function would be to confirm the valid
registered-right from then on when, for whatever reason,
the legal owner of the identified product needs to confirm ownership.
A valid registered-right would consist of a complete matching Property
Rights Descriptor (PRD) and copy of the intellectual product itself.
In this way the author rights office would hold
no details of the consumer, only a reference to a unique identification.
The author rights office functions could be performed
as part of a more extensive Electronic Copyright Management System
(ECMS) that would handle all additional rights or licensing requests
for the intellectual product.
Consumer Rights Office
The consumer rights office acts solely for the
user, or consumer, of the product. It records details of the consumers
registered with it and allocates unique licence identification when
a user obtains the rights to use a product. It will send this licence
identification to the author rights office at this time and, in
exchange, will receive and store the associated author rights office
identification. It might also receive the product identification,
if one exists, and might eventually provide a complete rights database
for the user and therefore would also receive further rights information.
As with the author rights office, the consumer
rights office will confirm this registration upon request so that
the user can establish ownership.
As far as I know there is no equivalent of an
ECMS that acts uniquely for the consumer as in this consumer rights
office structure. This could promote a whole new development of
consumers rights management systems which record supplementary rights
purchased by users in addition to the basic identified rights obtained
in the Distributed Intellectual Property Rights environment.