What is Digital Rights Management – DRM?

Insights What is Digital Rights Management – DRM?

DRM – standing for Digital Rights Management. So what does it mean?

The idea is simple, although the technology behind it is highly complex. DRM is a security system which allows you to protect your digital documents. A file sent with DRM protection means that the sender can control the file. Control such things as

  • Stop the file being printed or limit the number of pages printed
  • Stop or limit the amount of copying
  • Limit the number of devices that can view the document
  • Prevent forwarding
  • Limit the time the file is available and remove when appropriate.

DRM is the ability to control a file and how it is used once it has been shared.

So how does it work?

When you email a PDF of a document to a third party they can do pretty much what they like with the information, including opening up the PDF to make amendments or distributing to any one and every one. Your intellectual property is no longer under your control. DRM works by not actually sending them the document at all. What you are doing is giving access to the document to view and other limited and controllable rights. The document is not actually downloaded to the receiver’s hard drive. The documents are either viewed on-line using the receivers Internet browser or viewed off line via an APP. 

PDI Onsecure

PDI Onsecure allows the document to be viewed on-line or worked on off line via a number of apps. These include an app for windows to allow the document to be seen on a PC and also apps for Android and IOS to allow the document to be viewed on tablet or smartphone.

By using the Onsecure DRM system you can control all aspects of the document, giving you back control on your intellectual property and allowing you to set the conditions of print, copying, number of devices and the time the document is available.