I'm writing an essay on Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age, and I have the following sentence:
DRM is an instrument to protect Copyright, and therefore it should be implemented in such way that it respects the rights of users and [X] alike.
Here, [X] should be a word for the copyright holder that juxtaposes with the word "users". Currently I have "copyright holders", and previously I had "creators". None of them satisfy me because I feel like a composite term damages the juxtaposition effect, and because the creator and the copyright holder may be different people.
What would be an appropriate word?