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With the advent of computers and the Internet there is freedom to share all different forms of media from music and movies to games and books with anyone on the planet Digital Right Management known as DRM for short is a system by which through the use of licensing and encryption digital content distributors control the copying and distribution of digital media while concurrently protecting the rights of the original author andor copyright holder DRM tries to control this newfound freedom by imposing limits to the extent to which consumers can use and share digital content This ends up causing problems for honest consumers who simply want to burn a song to a CD again or copy a DVD which they purchased to their computer DRM should be removed because through its use on digital content the content distributors have created numerous problems and have solved nothing The biggest problem with DRM is how it removes the consumers freedom to use digital content as they see fit With DRM the consumer is required to follow the rules of the content distributor For example it may limit the number of times a song can be burned to a CD or what computers can play said song Recently XCP a copy-protection system on compact discs produced by Sony came under fire for installing a small program known as a rootkit on the owners computer without the owners consent whenever the CD was inserted into a computer What made matters even worse was when serious security holes where found in XCP that could allow an attacker to gain control of the affected machine To add insult to injury when Sony released a patch to fix the problem they opened just as many security holes as they fixed Finally Microsoft released a security-hole-free patch to correct both problems finally bringing this issue to a close The head of Sony BMGs global digital business Thomas Hesse told National Public Radio
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