Digital Rights Management (DRM)
Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a collection of systems used to protect the copyrights of digital media. These systems protect everything from movies and music to PDF documents, and anything else that is stored and transferred digitally. DRM is extremely important to anyone who publishes electronic media, since it ensures that no one can steal their product or information.
DRM protected documents have many available protection features, including several to limit the document features themselves. The publisher can use features like digital watermarks, proprietary file encryption, password protection and much more to ensure the safety of their digital information.
Since there is so much information stored digitally now, many businesses use PDF documents to store their information since they meet ISO standards and due to the multitude of DRM features they include. Some of the most popular protection features for documents include:
- Limiting access to document features like Save, Read Only, Print, Copy, Measure and Cross Section
- Limiting access to named users only
- Revoking rights to the document while its in the field
- Forcing the document to update to the latest versions
- Authentication via trusted authorities, such as PKI, AD, LDAP, RSA and others
- Creating traceability logs, so you know where your document has been
- Retaining full control over the document, even after sending
- Changing the validity and authorizations on the document at any time.