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  • 31 March 2004 12:45

20% of Global 2000 Organizations Will Use Digital Rights Management Technology by 2006, According to META Group

DRM Could Soon Become Part of Architecture Rather Than a Standalone Technology

SYDNEY, Australia. (March 31, 2004) - Only 2% of Global 2000 organizations offering proprietary content online - such as media and music - fully understand and have implemented digital rights management (DRM) technology. META Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: METG) expects that number to increase to 20% by 2006. DRM technology is used for content protection, royalties associated with content, intellectual property protection, content dissemination, or simply as a way to measure the use of protected information.

Currently, DRM technology is being investigated in the context of both B2B environments and B2C (media and music) publishing models. However, the typical organization's understanding of DRM capabilities and their applicability to a given environment is still maturing. The combination of DRM suffering from complex management, cumbersome implementation, and the high cost of questionable control has made organizations reluctant to commit to the technology.

"More organizations need to realize that DRM solutions have the potential over the next three to five years to aid compliance with maturing privacy legislation - for example, implementing the role-based access that HIPAA requires,"says META Group security analyst David Thompson. "As this happens, DRM will emerge as an infrastructural element rather than a standalone technology solution."

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