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Call for Papers

7th International Workshop for Technical, Economic and Legal Aspects
of Business Models for Virtual Goods
incorporating the 5th International ODRL Workshop

Nancy, 22 Sep 2009, France.
in co-location with IFIP I3E, 23-25 Sep 2009
and with ODRL group meeting 21 Sep 2009

Virtual Goods + ODRL 2009 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


  • We expect full papers by April 30, 2009
  • 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:

Alapan.Arnab(at) and

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


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

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

Local Organization Chair:

Gérôme Canals
Nancy University, France

Steering Committee:

Rüdiger Grimm and Jürgen Nützel

(with respect to Virtual Goods long-term: responsible for continuity of Virtual Goods workshops beyond 2009)

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)
Jana Dittmann, Uni Magdeburg, DE
Ed Gerck, Safevote Inc., San Rafael, CA, USA
Ruediger Grimm, University of Koblenz, DE (General co-chair)
Susanne Guth, Vodafone, DE
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, and Warsaw School of Social Psychology, PL
Deepa Kundur, Texas A&M University, USA
Kia Ng, University Leeds, UK
Juergen Nuetzel, AG, Ilmenau, DE (PC co-chair)
Günther Pernul, Uni Regensburg, DE
Frank Stoll, UBS, Zürich, CH
Herwig Unger, Fernuniversitaet Hagen, DE


Extended to May 14, 2009

Full papers submitted

June 30, 2009

Notification of acceptance

July 15, 2009

Print-ready papers due

September 14, 2009

Web-ready presentations due

September 22, 2009

Workshop in Nancy

September 22, 2009

Final Book available at workshop

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