The term DRM primarily has come to · refer to the copyright protection that the content manufacturers generally require in order to allow their content to be played on any digital device. · It also refers to the digital locks that a publisher offers on their books to stop others from copying, plagiarizing, retransmitting or performing other digital acts. — eBooks.com The Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection system used to protect e-books has been designed to protect the content producers from copyright violations and to allow users to consume their content as desired. DRM is a set of technologies that is integrated into the digital content, like [...], and can also allow for the [...]. — eBooks.com While digital rights management (DRM) generally covers the digital storage, reading and copying of electronic books, there are other systems used to control and enforce the legal protection of copyrighted content. The primary purpose in using DRM is to control copyright violations or the violation itself. To that end, DRM helps the creator or publisher to “lock up” rights, thereby preventing copies of their work without permission from being made. DRM can also be used as an effective means to enforce copyrights on the Internet. Under DRM protection, certain content providers have set up digital locks at the websites where their content is sold or available. As described previously, DRM is designed to give the publisher special privileges with respect to its work — including the ability to stop access and copying by others. While DRM is typically offered on the book's physical book cover, some technologies can be embedded in the electronic book itself. The DRM protection, in such cases, is provided by the publisher's technology. It is usually placed on the e-book's content as metadata that is embedded within the book and also accessible through Apple's bookstore. e-book DRM: What's it Good For? DRM can be used to stop unauthorized copying, piracy and retransmission of digital books, both for e-readers like your laptop and tablets, and for paper books. As noted, DRM generally protects the publishers' copyrights to prevent copying, piracy, or retransmission. DRM also has a dual purpose: it can restrict the copying of “unauthorized” content, and control how that content is used.