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DRM
Last modified: Thursday, July 14, 2005 

Short for digital rights management, a system for protecting the copyrights of data circulated via the Internet or other digital media by enabling secure distribution and/or disabling illegal distribution of the data. Typically, a DRM system protects intellectual property by either encrypting the data so that it can only be accessed by authorized users or marking the content with a digital watermark or similar method so that the content can not be freely distributed.

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It's digital rights management, and if you've been following the Napsterization of all things content on the Web, you know it's importance has come to the fore more now than ever. (2001)

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