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Developments in digital rights management - January 2008

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Digital rights management (DRM) restricts usage and copying of digital copyright materials (such as music) using technical access control measures. Online music retailers, such as the Apple iTunes store, have typically been forced to use these protected formats by the recording industry, in an attempt to combat online piracy.

Recently, key record labels have moved away from the use of DRM, allowing the online retailer Amazon to sell unprotected versions of their music. This byte discusses some of these developments, and related developments on the legal front.

The byte was published in Volume 10, No 9 of the Internet Law Bulletin (January 2008).

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