With the advancement of digitalization, some risks and costs must be undertaken to protect your valuable assets or else there will be long overburdening costs and repercussions for your inaction. So, Digital Rights Management (DRM) is the need of the hour.
DRM is a bunch of access control technologies for restricting the use of proprietary hardware and copyrighted works. The technology provided by DRM tries to control the use, distribution, and modification of copyrighted works. These works may vary from software to multimedia content. Even though DRM is used in a myriad of technologies, such as computer games, films, music, television, metadata, and streaming media services, the main focus of discussion here will be how DRM can assist in securing documents and eBooks.
Every day, documents are shared or distributed among employees, partners, and vendors. Many of these documents contain confidential information which is sensitive and should only be viewed or accessed by the intended individual or group. This is where document encryption can help; only those with the decryption keys can unlock the PDF files and view or access their content. But once those files are decrypted, users can do what they want with them. So you need another technology, DRM, to enforce document usage.
The application of DRM technology enables you to control the access of documents, such as Microsoft Word files, PDF files, AutoCAD files, emails, and intranet web pages, rather than the control of consumer media. The purpose in doing so is generally to prevent unauthorized breaches, including industrial or corporate espionage or exploitation of proprietary documents.
For example, DRM has been widely used by organizations like the British Library in its secure electronic delivery service to permit worldwide access to a huge number of rare and unique documents which, for legal reasons, were previously only available to authorized individuals visiting the library in England.
DRM typically integrates with content management system software, but individual corporations have, and can, develop their own custom DRM systems.
Protection of eBooks
The electronic books that are read on a personal computers, eBook readers or eReader apps typically use DRM technology that safeguards against the duplication of the copies by limiting copying, printing, and sharing of eBooks.
For example, eBooks can usually only be used on a limited number of reading devices. Some ePublishers also prevent any copying or printing of the original material. So, commentators believe that DRM makes eBook publishing complex.
Also, there are four main eBook DRM schemes commonly used presently; these are the schemes from Adobe, Amazon, Apple, and the Marlin Trust Management Organization (MTMO).
All in all, the digital revolution that has empowered consumers to use digital content in new and innovative ways has also made it nearly impossible for copyright holders to control the distribution of their property. However, DRM has made this all the more possible.