IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance

Jun 5 2009   8:40PM GMT

Digital Rights Management – Part III

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

DRM software is generally considered an access control technology deployed to limit unauthorized usage. However, arguably, a technology cannot in principle, know what legal restrictions and rights apply in a specific jurisdiction, allowable usage context, contractual conditions, or the individual author, owner, or publisher without human intervention. Therefore, as with other information assets protection related software, vulnerabilities may exist that can be exploited by unscrupulous or curious individuals.

Even if adequate IPR security protection is deployed, based on the laws of judgmental probability, widely-used DRM systems eventually yield to hackers and crackers intent on defeating or circumventing deployed access controls. Supporting this projected outcome is Internet advertised software allowing DRM circumvention. Nevertheless, those with an interest in preserving DRM systems have attempted to initiate proceeding restricting the distribution and development of information piracy enabled software.

“View Part I of the Digital Rights Management series here

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