Understanding and Protecting Your Digital Rights

In Windows Vista, you’re likely to encounter media files that use Microsoft’s Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology—that is, digital content that has been encrypted using digital signatures and whose use is governed by a licensing agreement with the content provider—whenever you acquire music or movies from an online store or when you record TV shows from premium cable or satellite channels using Windows Media Center. If you use a digital cable tuner with Windows Media Center, all recorded files are copy-protected. The media usage rights (previously called a license) that are associated with DRM-protected files specify how you can use the file and for what period of time; these ...

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