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Digital goods refers to any goods that are sold, delivered and transferred in digital form. Many of the most common examples of digital goods are media files, including music files, video files containing movies or television programming, branded multimedia files and other similar types of products.
One of the biggest issues with digital goods is intellectual property protection. Because digital goods are sold in such a versatile and transferable format, producers and distributors have to make sure that they are packaged in technologies that are relatively immune to piracy or illegal sharing. For example, see the thorny emergence of digital rights management or DRM wrapping for Apple iTunes files. Many believe Apple went too far in controlling what devices the files can be played on, although the company maintains that DRM wrapper technology is mainly to protect IP. These issues often surround digital goods and their sale and use, and have spawned U.S. laws such as the SOPA or Stop Online Piracy Act and other initiatives.