Why is Digital Rights Management used?
Traditionally, in the print industry, the author (or publisher) of a book asserted their right to be able to control what the purchaser could (or could not) do when they had purchased the work.
DRM is an approach that lets authors and publishers exert more appropriate rights over digital (or dematerialized) than they were able to in the physical print era.
What one has to remember is that the balance of power has changed in the last ten or so years. Prior to that, copying and re-printing a physical book was non-trivial. If you wanted to steal someone else’s work you needed to find someone who was willing to publish the copy, and the publisher knew they would be sued without mercy. So there were some really obvious physical controls in the physical print industry.
But the digital age has spawned the ability – the computer – to make copies at near zero cost, and to do so without detection. So the rules of the ancient world do not apply. The use of web sites to facilitate pirated film, music and PDF documents demonstrates that the ability to copy works that do not have digital rights management applied to them is unlimited and files can be shared and transmitted without any control at all.
So digital rights management is a critical feature if you are making confidential information available to others, whether it is a price list, a contract specification, an analyst’s report, a newsletter or a book. Without DRM you have no way of preventing people who have access to your intellectual property from doing just exactly what they want with it. So that’s why it is important.
What does Digital Rights Management do?
Digital Rights Management enables publishers to control not only who receives their content but what they can do with it. Such controls include:
- Preventing editing and saving
- Preventing forwarding and sharing
- Preventing printing (or limiting the number of prints available)
- Preventing screen grabbing
- Document expiry
- Document revocation
- Locking documents to devices, IP addresses, and country locations
- Watermarking documents with unique user information to establish an identity
In addition, DRM enables publishers to log use so they can view data on when content was used (i.e. when documents were viewed and printed), by whom and when.
What is DRM protected?
DRM protected refers to any file that has DRM controls applied to it to prevent copying, editing, and unauthorized distribution of content.
This will also include encryption to prevent unauthorized access, and licensing controls to authorize access and permissions.
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