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DRM and Analog-Digital conversion


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									?With the appearance of digital media on the Information Technology scenario there
has been a marked movement from analog to digital data management and processing.
The analog-digital conversion and the technologies associated to it are usable on the
general as well as on the personal computers. General computers are normally used in
the mass market as the medium of data storage and transmission. However the vastly
enhanced capabilities to perform such conversions have also resulted in a growing
concern about the security of web contents among all concerned.

Analog digital conversion as threat to web content security

Most concerned about such conversion are the companies that were hitherto
dependent on the copyright protections. Especially the music and film industries are
highly affected by the conversion capabilities. The copies can be conveniently made
without any degradation in the qualities and they can be reproduced in any numbers.
The copying process has become even greater threat with the capabilities of individual
computer holders to copy the contents sitting at their home easily and conveniently.

It is today absolutely a child's play for the end users to copy the original analog form
into a universal digital form. The process is known as ripping. Any number of
software is available in the market to perform the task. They can also be downloaded
from the web. Once done, you are in with the capabilities to copy any file or format
either analog or digital into universal digital format. It does not matter whether the
contents are protected by copyrights or not. Such unauthorized copying and
distribution has been made even easier with the popular file sharing tools available in
plenty on the Internet. This has provided a real boon to digital piracy.

Every one is a potential node

Easy availability of digital copying and sharing tools has rendered all digital items
floated on the nets vulnerable. That is why the companies dealing with them concern
each connection of Internet provided as a potential node for such digital piracy. Such
connections provided by a perfectly legal distribution network could very well be the
carrier of transmitting, circulating, and copying digital information and data on the

Technical control has been in use for controlling the copying and reproduction of
software since the year 1970, DRM is a comparatively recent terminology. DRM in
effect indicates the methods and processes applied to control artistic or literary
intellectual properties on the web. You as published are now saddled with the ability
to enforce access policies that effectively prevents all types of copyright

Criticisms not fair
It is sometimes held by the critics of the DRM that it not only prevents copyright
infringements but in the process also prevents fair use of such works or intellectual
properties. They further contend that DRM also imposes restrictions and constraints
on non-copyrighted works like the public domain restrictions or prevention of access
to open licensed contents.

However there is not much force in the arguments. Those who have created
something either for literary or for commercial purposes, are entitled to have the
legitimate benefits accruing from the same. Protection of their rights and legitimate
interests is perfectly legal and moral as well. DRM serves the purpose to the best
effects till date and its use cannot be called to be unethical in any case.

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