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
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Digitally Restrictive Measures. While originally promoted as Digital Rights Management, this was in fact a publicly friendly term that misleads. The entire subject is build around stopping the use of the software and/or it's distribution. Thus Digitally Restricted Measures serves as a warning to the public of it's true nature. Also the word Management may be useful to the creators but not to the end user. Measures puts it in perspective. See the example for what a DRM means to end users.
The product has a warning on it's side that says it "Comes with a DRM that will limit what you can do with it. Including if it will work at all. Also that after you get it to work, should anything change about the devise the product is running or playing on, it may cease to function and you possibly may never get it to work again. Purchase at our own risk."
by Scottmana July 12, 2008
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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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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
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Acronym: Drunk Rollover Minutes; What those of us who don't get hangovers get. Instead of feeling sick, and having a splitting headache after waking up after a long night of drinking, you simply continue being drunk untill the effects of last nights alcohol have worn off.
Matt: I had the worst hangover this morning, i felt like shit

Jordan: Fuck that dude, i've got DRM, i was drunk untill 1:30
by Jordan Borges June 21, 2007
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Dirt Road Mafia. Group consisting of backwoods Newnan, Georgia boys.
The suped up F-150 over there is one of the DRM members trucks...
by DRM2 March 22, 2007
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The reason why piracy still exists. Even if the user buys a DRM protected game/DVD/CD legally, they will still suffer a fate worse than Hell. Some forms of DRM, such as SecuROM (commonly mocked as Suck-uROM) will force the user to re-register if any component of their computer is changed or weekly, some require you to be online while the game is running (even if it's single player only, like SimCity 2013), and at worst, some DRM can be straight up malware that can damage your PC or even prevent it from booting. DRM punishes everyone equally, both legal users and pirated copy users. Nobody is spared.
What the fuck do you mean I need a "persistent internet connection" to play?! This is fucking SimCity. I'm returning the game back to Walmart and just pirate it instead. Fuck DRM!
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