Digital Rights

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What Does Digital Rights Mean?

Digital rights refers to the relationship between copyrighted digital works (such as film, music and art) and user permissions and rights related to computers, networks and electronic devices. Digital rights also refers to the access and control of digital information.


Certain digital right/digital rights management (DRM) subcategories are of growing concern – such as information/Internet privacy and freedom of information.

Techopedia Explains Digital Rights

Essential to organizations, DRM provides intellectual property (IP) protection and is primarily applied by entertainment industries and enterprises. DRM’s access control halts copyright violations of music, films, TV shows, PC games and similar Internet entertainment.

Digital rights advocacy groups include:

  • Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA): U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the interests of computer and video game players in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Free Software Foundation (FSF): Nonprofit organization supports the free software movement.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): International nonprofit organization that oversees digital rights advocacy and legal affairs.
  • Digital Rights Ireland (DRI): Organization in the Republic of Ireland that works for civil liberties related to digital rights.
  • European Digital Rights (EDRi): International advocacy group based in Belgium and focused on copyright, security, privacy and freedom of expression.
  • Open Rights Group (ORG): U.K.-based organization committed to digital rights preservation and focused on controlling issues like censorship, knowledge access, privacy, freedom of information and electronic voting.

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