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DRM Group 8

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  1. 1. Sam Streeter, Alyson Lane, and Matt Menard
  2. 2. <ul><li>A systematic approach to copyright protection for digital media </li></ul><ul><li>Prevents illegal distribution of paid content over the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Earliest usage of DRM was in 1983 </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>DRM technology focuses on making it impossible to steal web content in the first place </li></ul><ul><li>It is a much surer approach to catch copyright violators opposed to the “hit or miss” strategies used after the fact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limewire and other P2P programs use this “hit or miss” approach </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Embedded in different media files </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio CDs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Used mostly on promotional CDs but was a failure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Movies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>License agreements were signed to exclude digital outputs that could extract high-quality copies of the film </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Found most often using iTunes and Napster which limits the amount of times a purchased song can be transferred from the purchaser’s computer </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Four components to the DRM software: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Protection toolkit: users can decide on their own access and encryption rules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distribution toolkit: users can create interfaces for content distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer toolkit: verifies authorization before content is distributed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Back Office component: tracks usage and licensing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Programs such as iTunes and Napster purchase this software </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>DRM has prevented many college students from illegally downloading and copying music </li></ul><ul><li>Has forced students to purchase music </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many students are being tracked and penalized for their illegal downloading </li></ul></ul>