Digital Right Management. The result of an increasing, if not unfounded, fear in a digital age of media piracy and how it could ruin the music and gaming industries. It's basically anything which prevents you, the consumer, from pirating digital content. For example, if you try tampering with your Xbox 360 to play pirated games then the guys down at Microsoft know what you're doing and can shut the console off permanently. Some forms work well and are met with general approval (iTunes, Steam) and others not so much (SecuROM).

Much of the discontent for DRM comes from a liberal-minded consumer base that insists if you bought it, you own it. But unfortunately nowadays you don't really own digital media anymore, you only own the rights to use it. For example, if one were to read the Terms of Use, it is clearly written out that you don't actually own the game but only the license for it. This is particularly prevalent in online games, where patches, expansions, and DLC are always changing the game and developers reserve the right to remove this content at their leisure.
Steam and iTunes are examples of DRM done properly. SecuROM is not (see sneaky shit).
by failspy February 18, 2009
Top Definition
Digital *Restrictions* Management.

Policy/Code that restricts usage of media that you "own".
You buy a CD. You copy its tracks to your computer. DRM steps in and restricts how you use those tracks -- you can only play the song XX times, you can't send it to anyone, you can't copy it to your portable audio player, etc.
by Anonymous Coward May 03, 2003
Digital Rights Management, or some crap that means you can't actually use the shit you buy how you want to
This stupid DRM album crashed my computer!
by the gobbler October 02, 2002
Something that all electronic manufacturers like to put on their products nowadays so they will "do their little bit for the industry"

The DRM feature is actually no use to you but people still buy it because all the companies get together and say "we will put DRM on all the products we can from now on"

A little pesky feature that only helps out the content industry but not the person owning it.
Normally you can do what you like with any product you buy, unless it has DRM in which case it will do what the content industry wants it to do as opposed to the person who owns it.
You go into a shop, pay £400 for a brand new iProd to find out that it doesnt do what you want it to do (copy songs??) even though your the one who paid £400 for it. Instead it helps out the recording industry and guess how much they paid for your iPod?? NOTHING! It isnt theirs, but the DRM "helps them out" anyway
by towel401 August 05, 2004
Digital Rights Management or, more correctly, Digital Restrictions Management.

Any of the group of technologies intended to supress piracy by imposing use restrictions on all copies of a given product. The reason why most of people download their songs off eMule instead of buying the CDs. One of the most braindead ideas in the history of computing. Encourages piracy by making the pirated product more valuable than the legal one. While DRM significantly hurts the average user by restricting his/her use of the product, it is only a minor nuisance to those it is intended against (crackers, pirates etc.). Object of religious veneration among the entertainment industry despite its complete ineffectiveness.

Enhanced DRM enforcement is the core feature of Windows Vista, which makes it ca. 30% slower than XP.
This new CD of mine is DRM'd and I can't put the tracks in my MP3 player
by Tweenk May 04, 2007
Draconian Revenue Management,

Illegal spyware added to (legally) downloaded content by record/ movie companies, worried about their dwindling profits.
The DRM means that I can only watch the movie I paid $10 for, once. Arseholes >:(
by jd_060 March 18, 2007
Digital Rights Management

This program stops the owner of music from passing it on or puting it to other computers. it can only stay on that computer.
I tried transferring music to my iPod, but DRM stopped me
by AznDRaGoN! April 24, 2005
Digital Rectal Massage - A 2006 Ig Nobel Award-winning medical technique used to terminate intractable hiccups. DRM has been shown to stop hiccups within 30 seconds when "attempted using a slow circumferential motion." Please see Francis M. Fesmire's various medical publications for precise details.
(1) "DRM was then attempted using a slow circumferential motion. The frequency of hiccups immediately began to slow, with a termination of all hiccups within 30 seconds." -- Fesmire, case report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

(2) "A 60-year-old man with acute pancreatitis developed persistent hiccups after insertion of a nasogastric tube. Removal of the latter did not terminate the hiccups which had also been treated with different drugs, and several manoeuvres were attempted, but with no success. Digital rectal massage DRM was then performed resulting in abrupt cessation of the hiccups. Recurrence of the hiccups occurred several hours later, and again, they were terminated immediately with digital rectal massage. No other recurrences were observed. This is the second reported case associating cessation of intractable hiccups with DRM. We suggest that this manoeuvre should be considered in cases of intractable hiccups before proceeding with pharmacological agents." -- Odeh M, Bassan H, Oliven A., "Termination of intractable hiccups with digital rectal massage", Journal of Internal Medicine.
by Cowboy Bob October 12, 2006
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