Can I License My Premium Paid Content in a PDF

Whether you run an organization and are looking for a solution that balances the delicate need to allow the right people access to your files, while denying others access, or whether you’re an author and are looking for a sensible way to manage the distribution of your work, you might be concerned about keeping your paid or premium content under lock and key, without annoying your consumers. If so, Digital Rights Management (DRM) may just be the solution you’re looking for as it ensures that you can keep your premium PDFs safe. In fact, DRM gives you the tools you need to prevent illicit copying and duplication of your work as well as allows you a swift, sensible, and easy-to-use way to manage the licenses on your premium content or sensitive documents.

What Should I Consider Premium Content?

Anything which adds value to your active customers could be considered ‘premium’ content. For example, a lot of content may be considered premium within your organization. Alternatively, if you’re an author, you could make a living from your full-length work, while offering short stories for free. Perhaps you need a way to protect your paid web content based on specific memberships, while you distribute ebooks for free. You might even license content tutorial documents, monthly updates within the arena, access to discounted service offered by the membership of your organization or conference documentation as premium paid content.

Protecting Business data

But, the critical key with value-added services is that, if everyone can get it, the value is lost. So, it’s critical to license the premium paid content in a way that only gives access to those who’ve paid for that privilege. This is especially necessary, if you’re using the internet to distribute your material.

DRM Allows You to License Premium Paid Content as PDFs

Applying a sensible and comprehensive licensing solution via DRM will allow you to prevent the easy distribution of your premium materials and ensure only the right people access the content. For example, DRM can block:

  • Printing (or allow restricted printing or even add watermarks to keep prints traceable)
  • The copy and paste functions
  • Print screens
  • Screen grabbers
  • Sharing of unprotected files
  • Unscrupulous ways around to the privileged nature of access to your content

Smart licensing can handle the rest.

DRM will also allow you to keep some of your material free (such as advertising), while restricting your premium paid content. It can even enable limited views of the product, allow access to all members or allow access to subsets. For example, niche subscribers to particular products can view those products and not view others.

DRM software can also apply accountability which allows you to trace who has seen (and printed) what content as well as when and where this was done.

What Should My DRM Software Offer?

Your DRM system for licensing premium content should be able to:


  • Process licenses automatically
  • Switch access rights on (and off)
  • Intelligently extend expiration dates if a renewal is processed

The software should also have the flexibility to set up any subsystems you require, such as material libraries of old content or allowing continued access to old content without sharing new, should a member leave.

Also, look for a DRM tool that not only lets you license your content, but also simplifies the license handling. It must be an intuitive process to associate the license files with the right customer. So, the DRM tool should offer automatic naming services which allows easy identification of relevant licenses and helps ensure the right people get the access rights they need. It should also allow you to quickly sort and access all the licenses on your products. For example, if you discovered a policy that needs updating or if you accidentally lost or deleted files.

Smart DRM licensing for premium paid content is the way to protect yourself, without annoying your customer.

Author Bio: Karishma works as a full time content writer. She spends most of her spare time reading e-books related to tech and start-ups. Currently she is associated with multiple corporate firms, including Locklizard, a British software company expertize in digital rights management security for PDF documents.

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