Digital rights management definition

What does Digital rights management mean?

Digital rights management (DRM) refers to the technical controls used by copyright owners of digital content to identify, track and protect their content.

DRM is used is to prevent unauthorised copying, such as through encryption, so that only authorised programs and authorised users can access a particular digital file. DRM is also used to identify digital content and manage its delivery to end users, eg by monitoring the number of times a work has been accessed for the purpose of calculating the relevant royalty payable or to support business models such as online music subscription services. For example, DRM-based music streaming service Spotify 'monitors' users' access to free music content to ensure that they enjoy the service for a limited number of hours only before their free account ceases and they will need to move to a paid subscription.

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