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Call for Papers

6th International Workshop for Technical, Economic and Legal Aspects
of Business Models for Virtual Goods
incorporating the 4th International ODRL Workshop

Oct 16 - 18 2008 in Poznan, Poland.

Virtual Goods + ODRL 2008 is organized by the IFIP Working Group 6.11 Communication Systems in Electronic Commerce and with the support of the German GI Working Group E-Commerce.


What it is about

With the rise of new digital music portals, the development of copyright laws world-wide and the increasing success of alternative models, the discussion on digital rights management is even more intense than ever before. Digital content, e.g., MP3 music, flash films, or electronic books, is coming up more and more in the Internet, and doubts that technical protection alone will suffice are increasing. Existing technical approaches to digital rights protection are proprietary and mutual incompatible, they establish closed user groups. Moreover, they overestimate the technical chances to transfer usage rules of physical goods to the digital world by control of end-user devices.

Any business model of virtual goods must include not only the virtual objects and their technical control functions, but also the human actors and their personal and economic interest. What is needed is a simple and safe technology which supports a balance of interests between creators, providers and consumers of digital goods. Current technology does not give satisfactory answers.

The goal of this conference is to bring together experts from scientific and practical fields, researchers from different disciplines, developers, and users interested in electronic commerce of virtual goods. We will assess current methodologies and bring forward new research directions.

We expressly welcome research contributions from different fields, including computer sciences, economics, business, law, human sciences and other relevant disciplines.


Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following aspects:

  • New business models
  • Solution architectures
  • Peer-to-Peer systems
  • Digital rights management: technical solutions, user acceptance
  • Content protection (watermarking, encryption, signatures)
  • ODRL Rights Expression Language
  • ODRL Profiles and Applications
  • Web 2.0
  • Impact on grid networks
  • Impact on mobile and wireless communication
  • Fraud management
  • Security and privacy
  • Economic role of the actors
  • Impact on the society
  • E-culture participation


  • We expect camera-ready papers by August 22, 2008
  • Camera-ready papers should be in Word format (.doc)
  • Word users may use this new word template
  • Tex users are kindly asked to imitate the word template. They may ask for support by the PC chairs

Submit your paper to:

grimm at and
hundacker at and
cellary at

4. Conference Proceedings and Publishing in the Web

Accepted papers will be printed in a Conference Proceedings Volume published by the Poznan University of Economics Publishing House and distributed among participants during the conference.

Abstracts of presentation will be published in the Web at



Wojciech Cellary
Information Technology
The Poznan University of Economics

Jürgen Nützel
Informatics - Digital Rights Management Internet Technologies AG, Ilmenau


Rüdiger Grimm
IT Risk management
University Koblenz-Landau

Susanne Guth
Vodafone Düsseldorf

6. Invited speakers:

Renato Iannella (renato(at) on the "Policy-Aware Web"

Leonardo Chiariglione (info(at) on the Digital Media Project

Kazimierz Krzysztofek Emerging web native world and the institutional time lag

7. Program Committee

Borka J. Blazic, University and Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, SLO
Nathaniel Borenstein, IBM Lotus Division, Ann Arbor MI, USA
Karlheinz Brandenburg, Technical University Ilmenau, DE
Wojciech Cellary, The Poznan University of Economics, PL (General chair)
Jana Dittmann, Uni Magdeburg, DE
Ed Gerck, Safevote Inc., San Rafael, CA, USA
Ruediger Grimm, University of Koblenz, DE (PC chair)
Susanne Guth, Vodafone, DE (PC chair)
Berthold Hass, University in Koblenz, DE
Thomas Hess, University Munich, DE
Renato Iannella, National ICT Australia (NICTA), AU
Peter Kropf, Université de Neuchâtel, CH, and Université de Montréal, CAN
Kazimierz Krzysztofek, Warsaw Foundation Pro Cultura, PL
Deepa Kundur, Texas A&M University, USA
Kia Ng, University Leeds, UK
Juergen Nuetzel, AG, Ilmenau, DE (General co-chair)
Günther Pernul, Uni Regensburg, DE
Frank Stoll, UBS, Zürich, CH
Herwig Unger, Fernuniversitaet Hagen, DE


June 1, 2008

Full papers submitted

July 15, 2008

Notification of acceptance

September 1, 2008

Print-ready papers due

September 15, 2008

Deadline for registration

October 1, 2008

Web-ready presentations due

October 16 - 18, 2008

Workshop in Poznan

November 15, 2008

rewritten articles due ready for final book

Spring, 2009

Final Book available

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