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DRM

Digital Rights Management (DRM) refers to technologies that inhibit uses (legitimate or otherwise) of digital content that were not desired or foreseen by the content provider.

DRM destroys rather than enhances customer value by restricting users’ from performing legitimate activities, such as archiving or using a screen-reader.

The Open Rights Group believes that consumers should be made aware before purchasing that products contain DRM. Suppliers should not use DRM to over-reach the monopoly privileges granted to them by copyright

We consistently challenged the view that DRM is necessary to create ann support an online market in creative works. We also championed legislative reform to prevent ill-informed use of DRM restraining legitimate uses of lawfully purchased content.

Due to sustained pressure from the Open Rights Group and other consumer groups, DRM is increasingly seen as a bad choice for online music services, particularly after Apple and Amazon decided to drop DRM restructions.