What is DRM?
When it comes to transmitting data over the Internet, the term DRM appears often. DRM is used to protect digital content such as video and audio files, software, or even documents. Digital Rights Management is an umbrella term for every method to protect your data, not only on the Internet. A typical DRM case is every kind of copyright, such as CDs and streamed media, eBooks, etc. There are numerous methods of protecting your data, depending on what type of property should be covered.
When is DRM applied?
DRM isn’t something new on the market. Even floppy disks had their copy protection then. But today, the requirements are getting higher. Through the evolution of digital content and communication, there were new challenges upcoming to protect your data. Today, you need more than some copy and paste protection. Imagine streaming a video via a paid provider such as Netflix or similar in combination with a desktop filming tool. In this case, you need a more complex solution.
In general, you use Digital Rights Management Systems (DRMS) to handle the exploitation rights of your video or audio files, software, eBooks, and so on. They deny copying, sharing, editing, saving, or even printing the data to the user.