Co-sponsored by

WG 6.11
Sponsored by

Gesellschaft fuer Informatik e.V.
Working Group ECOM
Sponsored by

Uni Ilmenau Virtual Goods

Call for Papers

5th International Workshop for Technical, Economic and Legal Aspects
of Business Models for Virtual Goods
incorporating the 3rd International ODRL Workshop

Oct 11 - 13 2007 in Koblenz, Germany.

Virtual Goods 2007 is organized by the GI Working Group E-Commerce and in parallel with IFIP Working Group 6.11 Communication Systems in Electronic 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 technololgy which supports a balance of interests between creators, providers and consumers of digital goods. Current technology does not give satsifactory 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:

  • Digital rights management
  • Technical solutions, user acceptance, copyright restrictions for DRM
  • ODRL Rights Expression Language
  • Fraud management
  • New business models and solution architectures
  • Peer-to-Peer systems
  • Virtual goods services such as payment and delivery
  • The economic role and perspective of the actors
  • The economic/cultural/legal impact on the society
  • Security and privacy
  • Content protection (watermarking, encryption, signatures)

Paper Submission Guidelines

Submit your paper to:

grimm(at) and/or

Conference Proceedings and Publishing in the Web

Accepted papers will be printed in a Conference Proceedings Volume published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, New York, USA.
(Contract in process)

Abstracts and slides of presentation will be published in the Web at

Technical Commitee

Rüdiger Grimm
IT Risk management
University Koblenz-Landau

Berthold Hass
New Media
University Koblenz-Landau

Jürgen Nützel
Computer Science - Digital Rights Management Internet Technologies AG, Ilmenau

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Susanne Guth
Technical Lead Music/DRM, o2 Germany, Munich

Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg
Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology, Ilmenau

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
Jana Dittmann, Uni Magdeburg, DE
Ed Gerck, Safevote Inc., San Rafael, CA, USA
Ruediger Grimm, University of Koblenz, DE (chair)
Susanne Guth, o2 Germany, Munich, DE (esp. ODRL Initiative)
Berthold Hass, University in Koblenz, DE (chair)
Thomas Hess, University Munich, DE
Renato Iannella, National ICT Australia (NICTA), AU (esp. ODRL)
Peter Kropf, Université de Montréal, CAN
Deepa Kundur, Texas A&M University, USA
Paolo Nesi, University of Florence, IT
Kia Ng, University Leeds, UK
Juergen Nuetzel, AG, Ilmenau, DE (chair)
Günther Pernul, Uni Regensburg, DE
Einar Stefferud, Internet Visionary, USA
Frank Stoll, UBS, Zürich, CH
Herwig Unger, Fernuniversitaet Hagen, DE

Important Dates

Extended to June 10, 2007

Full papers submitted

July 15, 2007

Notification of acceptance

September 1, 2007

Deadline for registration

September 1, 2007

Print-ready papers due

October 1, 2007

Web-ready presentations due

October 11 - 13, 2007

Workshop in Koblenz

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02/07/2007 Renato Iannella joint PC of Virtual Goods

02/12/2007 Announcement: Virtual Goods and ODRL Join Forces