Digital Right Management (DRM) and Library Copyright Policy


  • Tereza Trencheva University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, 119 Tsarigradsko shosse blv., 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Tania Todorova University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, 119 Tsarigradsko shosse blv., 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Ivan Trenchev South-West University, 66, Ivan Mihailov Str., 2700 Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria



Digital Right Management, Library Management, Copyright, Intellectual Property


The purpose of this paper is to introduce Digital Rights Management (DRM) and its implications for content producers, consumers, and libraries. Simply stated, DRM is a technology that allows copyright owners to regulate and manage their content when it is disseminated in a digital format, and it is the reason why some patrons cannot access some of the downloadable digital content provided by libraries. In the first part of this paper, we provide a short introduction to DRM by outlining the entities, the various technologies used as well as usage restrictions that come with DRM. In the second part of the paper are discussed the alternatives for the libraries, using DRM as a tool for library copyright policy and the main documents, which present the position of library organizations towards information legislation.


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How to Cite

Trencheva, T., Todorova, T., & Trenchev, I. (2012). Digital Right Management (DRM) and Library Copyright Policy. Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage, 2, 123–131.