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Digital Rights Management: Taking the fight to the pirates

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There is no doubt that digital publishing is in vogue nowadays. Publishers are now migrating to the digital platform to take advantage of the numerous benefits that digital publishing proffers. As attractive as it is, publishing in the digital format is fraught with risks, the greatest of which is piracy. Piracy occurs in many forms. At its most basic level you have people making and sharing copies of digital files without making reference to the copyright owner of that material. Some people go further and flagrantly plagiarize entire sections of original work. These behaviors are detrimental to publishers’ success; by infringing on publishers copyrights the perpetrators/pirates effectively wipe out any financial benefits that should accrue to them.


It is time publishers took the fight to the pirates. No longer should publishers continue to rely on ineffective government agencies and weakly enforced anti piracy laws. The most powerful offensive available to publishers in the anti piracy war is DRM protection. So, how does digital publishing benefit from digital rights protection? With DRM protection publishers retain maximum control over their work. DRM protection limits the number of ways that end-users can manipulate the digital products in their possession thus effectively preventing them from illegally copying, transmitting, printing, or indeed doing anything else that the publisher has forbidden.


Publishers have hitherto relied on methods such as password protection in their anti piracy efforts but experience has shown that such methods are woefully inadequate in combating the illegal use of digital material. Take PDF books for example. You can install a password alright but doing so won’t disable copying of the book. One person can make numerous copies and share the password with others thereby rendering your password protection useless. With DRM protection however you can disable copying so that no one can reproduce the book. Since you can disable copying, everyone who wants a copy of the book must purchase it from you.


DRM software not only allows you to disable copying but it can also give you the power to limit other actions. You can prevent users from printing pages of the book or limit the number of prints that can be made. You can even limit the duration for which the book is available after which it’ll destroy itself. The user will then have to request a fresh copy or a new reactivation password from you. If you control your digital product in this manner you can definitely make considerable revenue from it.


It is therefore quite evident that people involved in digital publishing must have DRM protection otherwise their anti piracy efforts will amount to nothing.



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