Digital rights management

Software concept

At least one release of the game uses any form of DRM, technology used to limit the use of digital content after sale. Commonly in some form that prevents or hampers making of (or the usability of) extra copies.

841
games
19
platforms

Alternate name: Copy protection

The first video game about Digital rights management was released in 1982.

Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and THQ has published most of these games

Implementations: (specific software/hardware)
* SafeDisc
* SecuROM: 1.0+, 4.0+, 4.6x, 4.7-4.83, 4.84+, 5.x, 7.x, PA
* StarForce
* Tages
* SolidShield
* SmartE
* Impulse::GOO
* Microsoft SSA (Server Side Authentication) & ZDPP (Zero Day Piracy Protection) - for more info, go here: www.microsoft.com/games/en-us/aboutgfw/pages/gflwpublish.aspx

Schemes:
* Feelies
* Internet activation
* Constant internet connection

Related:
* Media in drive - not always explicitly a form of copy protection
* CD key - not always explicitly a form of copy protection
* DRM removed - for cases when the copy protection has been removed

Contrast:
* No DRM (though only for cases where it is otherwise expected to be present)
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Child groups

DRM: Online activation, DRM: Always Online, Feelies required, DRM removed, Impulse::GOO, SmartE copy protection, Solidshield, TAGES copy protection, StarForce copy protection, SecuROM copy protection, SafeDisc copy protection, ProtectCD, Protect Disc Copy Protection, DRM: Pinhole Copy Protection, ActiveMARK copy protection, PhenoProtect copy protection, Linux Game Publishing Copy Protection, ProtectCD-VOB Copy Protection, Uniloc copy protection, DRM: Media check, DRM: Encryption, GameShield, SoftwareShield IronWrap, DRM: Login, EA Access, DRM: Corrupt media, FADE, Online pass, Denuvo, DRM: Game altering, Soft Denchi

Platforms

Windows 466
Linux 183
Android 99
Mac OS X 35
Mac OS Classic 24
Tandy Coco 10
MS-DOS 6
PS4 2
SNES 2
Amiga 2
Atari 400/800 2
X360 2
Xbox One 2
Coleco Adam 1
NES 1
QL 1
Atari 5200 1
Apple II E 1
iOS 1

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