We've updated our DRM Lite Guidelines

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We’ve updated our DRM Lite Guidelines to give you a better experience when using British Library On Demand.

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What is DRM Lite?

DRM Lite is an electronic delivery method that allows the British Library to supply securely encrypted documents and ensure the item is used only as permitted by the rights holder. Access to the document is by Username and Password via Adobe Reader 10 or above. The document is locked to a user rather than a machine, meaning it can be viewed on any machine, including mobile devices. Users are required to be registered for On Demand to enable them to open documents.

What has changed?

The majority of the guidelines have stayed the same but here are a couple of changes we’d like to bring to your attention:

  • Usernames of 30+ will no longer cause a download to fail meaning that email addresses may be more commonly used as a username
  • Users should wait for three minutes after activating their account before attempting the download.
  • Users should ensure that their device uses Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the encrypted document. All other PDF viewers will fail to open the PDF.

You can see the updated guidelines here.

How can I start using DRM Lite?

If you or your organisation doesn’t already use DRM Lite you can start straightaway. To start using DRM Lite, simply select DRM Lite as your copy encryption format. Or contact us and we can make the changes for you.

If you have any questions our Customer Services team will be happy to help you.

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