Digital Rights Management

Digital Rights Management also known as DRM is an access control method used by hardware manufacture, publishers and copyright holders to limit the access to content. The concept is to prevent the content being used by an unlicensed user or on an unlicensed device and to prevent the content from being stolen or pirated.

Cost of DRM

Insight Research estimates that spending on DRM systems is going to reach $9 billion by 2012. This cost is passed directly to the consumers by having higher costs for the produce. The publishing houses also pays lower fees to the authors in order to make up the total cost of DRM.

A DRM Example

In the E-book industry, an E-book would be licensed to only the purchaser of the book and only for one E-book reader. If the E-book purchaser bought the E-book for a handheld E-reader and later wanted to read their book on their home desktop computer, they would be unable to. Also if an E-book purchaser was to change the E-readers a new license would be required in order to again be able to read the E-book. Alternatively, if the E-book purchaser wanted to loan the E-book to a family member or friend they would again be unable to. Some DRMs also try to prevent the E-book from having sections copied or printed. With DRM the E-book purchaser is not the owner of the E-book but only the licensed holder with rights to read the E-book.

Dirty Little Secret

What the publishing houses and manufacturers don't want you to know is every single DRM scheme which has been designed to date has been cracked. If a person was to do a simple web search they could find post after post announcing the cracked DRMs and methods on how to bypass them.

Currently With Print Books

Currently with a standard printed book, the purchaser becomes the owner of the book at time of purchase. Once the book is in their possession they can do with the book as they please. They can loan the book to any numbers of friends. They can give the book away or even sell the book. If they so desire, they can photocopy sections of the book for personal use. The owner can even scan a book into the computer for future reading of the book. This is because the purchaser is the owner of the paper book.

DRM A Failed Mindset

Part of the mindset of those who promote DRM is by restricting the use of the product it will cause an increase in sales. This is not the case. Some musicians and authors have found they have sold more product by having free versions of the song or book available. This is because the CD, movie or book has value added. They may have the lyrics, pictures, a behind the scenes documentary, or any number of items to add value.

Reasons To Be Against DRM

As mention earlier, the cost of DRM development is passed directly to the consumer and the author or artist. All DRM schemes have been broken. Really, it is not Digital Rights Management but Digital Restriction Management. Also, the purchaser no longer becomes the owner of the product just the license holder of the product with no rights of ownership. DRMs remove the owner's freedom to do as they see fit with the product.

How To Prevent Piracy

The publishing houses and manufacturers justify the use of DRM by stating that it will prevent piracy. There are two schools of thought on how to prevent piracy. The first is the DRM school which looks for ways to restrict the use of the product. The second believes that if you keep the price of the product low, people will buy the product instead of looking for ways to pirate the product. iTunes has already proven people will buy the songs if they are at a reasonable cost instead of downloading pirated versions. To answer the question 'How to prevent piracy' the real answer is you can't. You can only limit its effect.

Direidi Publishing And DRM

Direidi Publishing believes the purchaser should have the right of ownership and the freedom to do as they see fit with their E-books. Because of this Direidi Publishing will not support any DRM scheme. Direidi Publishing E-books will be DRM-Free.