Digitization of content has its own advantages and disadvantages. While it allows efficient transmission and storage, the ease of copying the digital content results in an increase in piracy. Consequently, the content owners were forced to step in, to tap on the unlimited potential of the Internet as well as to curb this piracy with technological and legal measures. One of such measures is digital rights management (DRM). DRM technology has emerged as a measure to protect the copyright of content owners and to facilitate the consumption of digital content governed by specific rules. It’s a technology that is being developed as a protection against the illegal distribution of digital content.

This white paper provides an overview of DRM technology along with one of the key DRM technologies – Microsoft Media Digital Rights Management.