Digital Rights Management

Volume 2770 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 224-233

If Piracy Is the Problem, Is DRM the Answer?

  • Stuart HaberAffiliated withHewlett-Packard Laboratories
  • , Bill HorneAffiliated withHewlett-Packard Laboratories
  • , Joe PatoAffiliated withHewlett-Packard Laboratories
  • , Tomas SanderAffiliated withHewlett-Packard Laboratories
  • , Robert Endre TarjanAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, Princeton University, and Office of Strategy and Technology, Hewlett-Packard

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Piracy of digital content is considered a serious problem by content companies. Digital Rights Management is considered a potential solution to this problem. In this paper we study to what degree DRM can live up to this expectation. We conclude that given the current and foreseeable state of technology the content protection features of DRM are not effective at combating piracy.