University Students Hit the Bytes, Not the Books

Three summer school courses at SUNY, Buffalo, electronically delivered course materials to students. Students in two graduate business courses and one undergraduate English course used digital coursebooks. In collaboration with Houghton Mifflin and Follett publishers, Reciprocal, Inc. implemented its DRM (Digital Rights Management) solution to enable publishers to securely package and protect their copyrighted data, track usage of the material and develop deployment models.

Employing DRM technology, educators, universities and publishers can work together to create a package of current materials specific to a course or seminar. The DRM solution allows digital distribution of content over the Internet or any electronic media.

The students were given a pre-packaged CD-ROM that included the course material content, as well as Reciprocal's client software. Business rules (view, print, save) and access rules were pre-determined by the publishers and associated with the content.

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This article originally appeared in the 10/01/1999 issue of THE Journal.