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What is DRM? Explained in a simple and understandable way

Everyone who wants to use media for publishing should know what DRM is. DRM technology protects and helps file creators keep their property safe. For users, DRM is rather annoying. In this article, we'll tell you what the standard actually is and how the technology works.

DRM: What is Digital Rights Management?

The abbreviation DRM stands for "Digital Rights Management", the so-called digital rights management. A wide variety of digital files can be controlled and protected by their authors.

  • Among other things, songs, films, e-books and PDF files are provided with DRM protection. The information required for DRM protection is enclosed with the respective file. Similar to the title or year of publication, it is saved as information within the files.
  • DRM protection is also often found in online video stores. The DRM protection can, for example, stipulate that the downloaded film can only be viewed for 30 days or can only be played once.
  • In theory, any file can be DRM protected. The author of the file can then decide which rights are to be granted. This also includes the rights to view, edit, borrow, pass on or copy files.
  • If content is protected by DRM, this security measure is usually difficult to circumvent. However, depending on the file format, there are ways and means. However, by doing so you are also violating the rights of the owner. The removal of DRM from eBooks and the conversion of DRM-protected MP3 files is comparatively easy.

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In the next practical tip, we will show you how to remove DRM protection from music files.

(Original tip written by: Tim Aschermann)