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DRM-free definition

DRM-free refers to a method of digital content distribution where digital rights management (DRM) technology is not used. DRM, on the other hand, is a set of techniques companies use to control access to digital content such as books, games, videos, and music.

See also: FOSS

Benefits of DRM-free content

  • Accessibility. DRM-free content can reach more people because it doesn’t require any special equipment or software.
  • Security. You can download a DRM-free game from its official source securely while its copy on an illegal website may have been tampered with.
  • Preservation. DRM-free content is less likely to become inaccessible over time because more people can store it.
  • Ownership. When you download DRM-free content, you can use it in any way you want, while DRM content could be removed from your library if the license expires.
  • Compatibility. DRM-free books, videos, music, and games are often available on a wider array of devices.

DRM-free examples

  • Video games. Some websites specialize in offering DRM-free games which you can download and play on various devices.
  • Movies. Some filmmakers and distributors sell movies without DRM protections as a way to reach broader audiences.
  • eBooks. Some websites like Project Gutenberg allow you to choose from thousands of public domain books and download them in your preferred format.