SAE Publications Board to Review Digital Rights Management Controls for Students, Faculty

DETROIT, April 19, 2007 - SAE International’s Publications Board temporarily will suspend full activation of Digital Rights Management (DRM) controls as applied on the Society’s Digital Library of technical papers for licensees at colleges, universities and other academic institutions.

Through 2007, DRM controls will be relaxed to allow students and faculty more freedom in printing and sharing SAE technical papers.

“SAE International will convene a special taskforce -- composed of university professors, staff publishing professionals, Publications Board members and librarians -- to make recommendations regarding DRM policies,” John Kinstler, out-going chair of the SAE Publications Board, said.

“SAE’s highest interest is in serving the technical information needs of all mobility professionals,” said Michael Madley, SAE’s new chair of the Publications Board. “We look forward to working in partnership with the academic community to ensure an efficient and economical flow of information while managing intellectual property rights.”

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