Skip to main content

Digital Rights Management and File Sharing: An Undergraduate Research Guide : Overview

Return to listing of all Undergraduate Research Guides

Ask a Librarian


Need help?

Loading chat

or click for more options ...


About This Guide

This Research Guide will assist you in finding information on the practical and legal aspects of digital rights management, or DRM, including its impact on the ownership and sharing of various digital file types. In addition to these issues of access control to digital files, this guide provides information about copyright law as it relates to the online entertainment industry, including the visual, audio and digital arts.

For more information related to intellectual property & copyright issues, see the Research Guide: Copyright.

What is DRM?

Overview Resources

Find background information on your research topic.


digital rights n. the rights to publish, disseminate, or grant access to (copyrighted) material in digital or electronic form.

digital rights management n. the control or protection of digital rights using various technologies to prevent unauthorized access, copying, etc.

(Source: Oxford English Dictionary Online)