Digital Rights Management
Renato Iannella, National ICT, Australia (NICTA)
Digital rights management (DRM) covers the broad area of intellectual property management and enforcement by providing secure and trusted services to control the use and distribution of content. The “digital age” has seen both sides of DRM exposed. From the content owner's point of view, the secure aspects of DRM content control have been a blessing. However, from the consumer's point of view, the same secure aspects of DRM content control have been seen as a hindrance and impediment to open content use.
The majority of this dichotomy has been attributed to the initial effects of the first-generation DRM systems that primarily promoted an enforcement-centric view, that is, a view that limited and controlled the distribution of content. Newer generations of DRM now hold a more comprehensive value chain view that manages intellectual property rights and secures content at all stages of the content lifecycle, including less emphasis on limited use.
An example of this has been ...