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digital rights management

n. Abbr. DRM
The use of software or other computer technology to manage the conditions under which copyrighted material in digital form can be accessed.
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There are multiple forms and sites of democracy in an inter-networked society--hackers breaking DRM in cyberspace, consumers protesting the use of DRM in an online store, or advocacy groups lobbying against anti-circumvention laws in legislatures around the world.
This means that the costs of breaking DRM on a particular piece of content need only be borne once, with the effect that duplicating the content will have an almost zero marginal cost and consumers need not expend any further resources in breaking DRM protection [69].
[19] This could presumably have the somewhat absurd effect that DRM circumvention now motivates users to protect their access and use privileges from DRM, as opposed breaking DRM measures; users would seek to 'protect' rather than 'circumvent'.