Royalty-Free Digital Assets — Not As Free As You Might Think

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When you need an image from a stock photo house, you have the choice of selecting rights managed or royalty free assets. Rights-managed licenses have strict terms and conditions to ensure that assets are not over used in a specific industry, channel, or region (imagine, for example, the problems that would arise if two competing companies used the […]

Digital Rights and the Cost of “Lousy Record Keeping”

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Every year, publishers pay millions of dollars in legal fees to settle copyright infringement suits for misusing licensed images and other digital assets. One legal blogger has written extensively about the problem and has noted that, overall, many publishers seem to have “lousy record keeping”. One root cause is that most DAMs don’t allow users to store complex and varied metadata. Semantic technologies can help deal with many of these record keeping problems.

Using HTML in a Publishing Workflow Instead of XML

Many publishers have struggled to implement agile workflows that will enable them to quickly create new publications for print and digital channels. Conventional wisdom maintains that the best workflows should be based on XML so that content can be created once and then transformed and distributed in multiple formats. Unfortunately, the expense of implementing XML systems is generally high and authors have often resisted working inside XML editors, preferring the freedom of word processing applications.