The Digital Media Manifesto


P. Merrill


Seven Proposed Core Principles of DMP




  1. That every human being can be a creator as well as a consumer of digital media to which they either have intellectual property rights or have somehow legally obtained usage rights as well as necessary licenses.
  2. That a digital rights management platform of some kind is a necessity, although the ability to restrict access to digital media shall always be optional, also that the Internet or some other free transmission of data does not have to comply with Digital Media Project standards for these are to protect bitstreams and not to prevent unprotected bitstreams of data from being transmitted, and also let a million digital rights management schemes bloom provided that the DMP bitstreams conform with the specification for the overall DMP DRM platform.
  3. That access to the DMP DRM platform shall always be free and available to every human being to the degree possible, given age and regional legal restrictions, both to sell and to buy and to share digital media in whatever open manner is compliant with attendant licensing restrictions.
  4. That intellectual properties as referred to by the DMP will be only those coded into the bitstream handling that is part of the DMP DRM platform, so that useful parsing can occur and a global market can thrive for digtal media.
  5. That the fruits and benefits of digital technology should be used and their characteristics exploited, including digital media, in a general manner that benefits society and specifically allows licensing transactions to be negotiated online, so that the international exchange of ideas can benefit and so that commercial prospertity can be encouraged, for digital media will increasingly become capable of being manipulated in new ways as human experience with it grows more fluent.
  6. That certain reasonable instances of copying exist such as notating music for private use or copying a reference out of a reference book in the library, as well as reasonable instances of quoting text or storing an archival copy, all of which must be allowed at all times by any DMP DRM platform data, except that encrypted formations are permitted provided they comply with the DMP specification for parsing of the bitstream.
  7. Recognizing that intellectual property litigation may be brought as governed by regional jurisprudential standards, and that enforcement and laws are at times inconsistent, DMP will seek to be an impartial preserve, protecting the DRM platform's integrity as a fundamental protocol for global communication with the potential for commercial transactions and media licensing.