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Call for Papers

8th International Workshop for Technical, Economic and Legal Aspects
of Business Models for Virtual Goods
incorporating the 6th International ODRL Workshop

30 September - 1 October 2010, Namur, Belgium.
in co-location with
ODRL group meeting

Virtual Goods + ODRL 2010 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 of virtual goods
  • Peer-to-peer distribution systems
  • Web service infrastructures of securing virtual goods
  • Digital rights management: technical solutions, user acceptance
  • Content protection (watermarking, encryption, signatures)
  • Rights and policy expression languages, esp. but not only ODRL
  • ODRL profiles and applications
  • Rights expression/policy models
  • Policy aware Web
  • Interoperability within rights expression/policy languages
  • Economic models of pure virtual environments (Second Life, etc)
  • Underground markets: malware, copyright infringement, etc.
  • Digital libraries
  • Forensics of digital rights
  • Economic role of the actors
  • Impact on the society
  • E-culture participation
  • Social networks
  • Social commerce


4. Conference Proceedings and Publishing in the Web

Accepted papers will be printed in a Conference Proceedings Volume published by the Namur University Press and distributed among participants during the conference.

Presentations will be published in the Web at


General Co-Chairs:

Wojciech Cellary
Information Technology
The Poznan University of Economics

Rüdiger Grimm
IT Risk management
University Koblenz-Landau

Program Committee Co-Chairs:

Alapan Arnab
T-Systems, South Africa

Jean-Noël Colin
University of Namur, Belgium

Local Organization Chair:

Jean-Noël Colin
University of Namur, Belgium

Steering Committee:

Rüdiger Grimm and Jürgen Nützel

(with respect to Virtual Goods long-term: responsible for continuity of Virtual Goods workshops beyond 2010)

6. Program Committee

Alapan Arnab, T-Systems, South Africa (PC co-chair)
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 co-chair)
Jean-Noël Colin, University of Namur, BE (PC co-chair)
Jaime Delgado, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, ES
Jana Dittmann, Uni Magdeburg, DE
Ed Gerck, Safevote Inc., San Rafael, CA, USA
Ruediger Grimm, University of Koblenz-Landau, DE (General co-chair)
Susanne Guth, Vodafone, DE
Berthold Hass, University of Koblenz-Landau, 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, and Warsaw School of Social Psychology, PL
Deepa Kundur, Texas A&M University, USA
Kia Ng, University Leeds, UK
Juergen Nuetzel, AG, Ilmenau, DE
Günther Pernul, Uni Regensburg, DE
Alexander Pretschner, Fraunhofer IESE and University of Technology Kaiserslautern, DE
Frank Stoll, UBS, Zürich, CH
Herwig Unger, Fernuniversitaet Hagen, DE


Extended to May 30, 2010

Full papers submitted

June 30, 2010

Notification of acceptance

July 15, 2010

Print-ready papers due

September 30, 2010

Workshop in Namur (Belgium)

September 30, 2010

Final Book available at workshop

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