Digital rights management (DRM) is a class of technologies that are used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, holders, and individuals with the intent to control the use of digital content and devices after sale. There are, however many competing definitions. With First-generation DRM software, the intent is to control copying while Second-generation DRM schemes seek to control viewing, copying, printing, and altering of works or devices. The term is also sometimes referred to as copy protection, copy prevention, and copy control, although the correctness of doing so is disputed. DRM is a set of access control technologies.
Companies such as Amazon, Apple AT&T, AOL, Apple inc. Google, BBC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Sony use digital rights management. In 1998, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was passed in the United States to impose criminal penalties on those who make available technologies whose primary purpose and functions are to circumvent content protection technologies.