Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a class of access control technologies that are used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders and individuals with the intent to limit the use of digital content and devices after sale. Use of DRM is viewed as controversal with opposing views from both sides.
Companies such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft use digital rights management to prevent copyright infringement online and ensure control over revenue streams. Those opposed to DRM contend that there is no evidence that DRM helps prevent copyright infringement, arguing instead that it serves only to inconvenience legitimate customers, and that DRM helps big business stifle innovation and competition.
May 4, 2012 has been declared as International Day Against DRM. Advocates such as Defective by Design have been campaigning to remove DRM and launched a website for supporters (including librarians) to join the effort. Visit this website for more information on DRM and what effects it has on end users. The site also provides a guide to products with DRM (described as defective), DRM-free products and a blog providing regular updates on the topic.
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