Your Amazon Order Not Received? What To Do About It

You’ve ordered something on Amazon and wait excitedly for your package to arrive. Weeks go by with your Amazon order not received. What do you do?

Amazon has an excellent track record with getting orders to customers in record time. But problems always happen. And when they do, you need to know how to quickly resolve the issue.

Thankfully, Amazon offers lots of resources to help out in this situation.

Research Your Amazon Order Status

If you’ve ordered something on Amazon but haven’t received it yet, it can be nerve-racking. You spent your hard earned money on something online and the last thing you want to happen is not receiving what you bought?

If you’re at all concerned about the status of your order, you can always see what’s going on with the shipment by logging into your Amazon account and selecting Returns & Orders in the menu.

In this section, under the Orders link, you’ll see all of your orders sorted by how recent the order took place.

Each order shows the status. If it was delivered already, it’ll show the date the item was delivered. Under the delivery date, you’ll also see a note as to where exactly the item was delivered. 

If it was delivered at your door or inside your mailbox, this status will say so.

If the status is delivered by your Amazon order was not received, you can select Track package to get more details.

On the details page, you’ll see the delivery address, and more importantly the tracking ID with whatever shipping service was used to track the package.

You can use this Tracking ID on the USPS or UPS website (depending which was used) to get more details about the delivery.

The tracking details on the UPS or USPS website will detail any delivery issues. 

If you select the See all updates link under the Delivered address, you’ll see a more detailed timeline of the delivery process for this package.

Often, if the initial delivery attempt has failed, this detailed shipping update list will provide the date that the issue occurred and a brief reason for the failure. 

Again, you can get more details by using the Tracking ID at the postal service’s website.

Amazon Order Not Shipped

If your Amazon order has been in a processing status for a long time and not delivered, there could be several reasons.

3rd Party Seller Delivery Times

One of the most common reasons a delivery can take longer than usual is if you’ve bought an item where delivery isn’t fulfilled by Amazon.

If a 3rd party seller (an Amazon Marketplace seller) is fulfilling the order, you may experience extended shipping time.

This shouldn’t be a surprise since when you place your order, since the estimated arrival date appears just under the price. 

If the delivery date goes beyond the estimated date, you can select Contact Seller on your order detail page and ask about the status of your shipment.

If the order is eligible for Amazon Prime (again it would have stated this on the order page), then you can contact Amazon Customer Service to ask about why your Amazon order hasn’t been received yet.

Amazon Is Prioritizing Certain Items

In times of national crisis where Amazon’s delivery services are stretched thin, you may notice that your orders stay in “Pending” status longer than expected. 

This was the case during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, when Amazon experienced a dramatic increase in online shopping orders. During that time period, Amazon prioritized items like household staples, medical supplies, or other critical items. 

This led to other items experiencing extended delivery times.

Natural Events Preventing Delivery

Another issue that can affect Amazon deliveries is during a regional crisis. For example hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, and ice storms can all impact the ability of delivery services to bring packages to your doorstep.

Amazon recommends estimating an increase of 2 to 3 business days if you live in an area expecting these kinds of service delays. You should see this new delivery date on your order status page if this is the case. If not, contact Amazon Customer Service to confirm.

Amazon Order Delivered But Not Received

If your Amazon order status states “Delivered” but you haven’t received the package, there could be a number of legitimate reasons for this. Items can be returned back to Amazon as undeliverable under the following circumstances.

  • Small P.O. Box: Your delivery address is a P.O. box that’s too small for the package.
  • Incorrect Address: If the delivery address is missing an important piece of information, like apartment number.
  • Previous Address: You mistakenly chose your old address as the delivery address.
  • Insecure Location: Your house or apartment isn’t a safe place to leave a package, either facing threat of weather or a hidden location where the package is easy to steal.
  • Unable to Access: If delivery requires going through a buzzer or security gate and the delivery driver can’t access your apartment or house to make the delivery.
  • Penitentiary: Penitentiary restrictions don’t allow the delivery to complete.
  • Failed Delivery Attempts: Packages worth more than $1300 require a signature and after three failed attempts, the delivery driver was not able to obtain one.
  • Transportation Problems: Sorting issues or label damage could cause the delivery to fail.
  • Refused by Recipient: If someone at the address wasn’t expecting a package and refused delivery. 

Any one of these situations could have caused the delivery to fail. In these situations, the package will be delivered to Amazon and you’d be issued a refund.

Usually you’ll see one of the above statuses on your order status page, and you’ll need to wait for the package to arrive back to the Amazon location to get your refund.

Actions To Take With Amazon Or The Seller 

What do you do if your Amazon order was not received? You aren’t out of luck. There are several actions you can take to find out where your package is.

Click Seller Link And Ask a Question

On your order status page, you can see a link to the seller page next to “Sold by” under the item title.

On the seller page, you’ll see a number of options. You can select Ask a question and post a question about your item directly to the seller.

You can also select Returns & Refunds, Shipping, Policies, or Help links to get more information about shipping, refund, and return policies. You may also find some additional customer service links to contact the seller.

Cancel Or Change Shipping Speed

If you don’t want to deal with all of the hassle at all, you can just go back to the order status page and select Cancel items to cancel your order.

This is only possible if the order status doesn’t show “Delivered” yet. 

You can also Change shipping speed to get the item sooner. However, this will only work if the status doesn’t show Delivered, and if the item hasn’t already been shipped by the seller. This is usually the case if the status still shows Pending. 

Why Is Buying “Fulfilled By Amazon” Safer? 

One of the best ways to protect yourself is by trying to buy items on Amazon where the delivery is “fulfilled by Amazon”.

On a third party seller page, you will see this under the Shipping tab. The information here should report that “This item is Fulfilled by Amazon.com”.

What does this mean?

If an item delivery is fulfilled by Amazon, that means third party sellers store their products at the Amazon fulfillment centers. Amazon staff handles packing and shipping the item to you. 

This also means that the shipments are guaranteed by Amazon to be delivered on the date listed on the order page. It also means Amazon Prime customers can get free shipping.

How do you know if an item is fulfilled by Amazon when you’re buying? You’ll see this under the Add to Cart section. This shows who the seller is and whether shipment is going to be Fulfilled by Amazon.

If you see this status, then all of Amazon’s delivery guarantees and protections apply to the order.

Amazon Guarantees And Protections

There are two varieties of protections you get when Amazon fulfills the order. The A-to-Z Guarantee and Guarantee Delivery.

A-to-Z Guarantee

This guarantee means that you’ll receive the produce within the date range specified on the order page. It also guarantees that the products will be in good condition when you receive it. 

If either of these aren’t the case, you can report the issue to Amazon and get a refund. Amazon provides refunds under this guarantee for the following situations:

  • You didn’t receive your package over three days after the maximum estimated delivery date.
  • Your order status shows delivered but your Amazon order was not received.
  • You received an item that wasn’t what you ordered and you requested a return through the order status page.
  • You returned the item but the seller didn’t send you a refund.

Under this guarantee, you have 90 days after the maximum estimated delivery date to request your refund.

You’ll see the estimated delivery date when you complete your purchase of your item or items from the cart.

What this means is that so long as the item was fulfilled by Amazon, you can always trust that you’ll be protected.

Note: Digital products aren’t covered under this guarantee so use special caution and buy directly from Amazon when purchasing electronics.

Guaranteed Delivery

Amazon’s Guaranteed Delivery means that your shipping fees could be refunded if Amazon delivers the item after the maximum estimated delivery date.

There are a few conditions to get your shipping fees refunded.

  • The shipping method you chose matched the shipping option provided on the produce page.
  • You entered an eligible, real address.
  • You placed your order before the “order within” countdown on the checkout page was done.
  • The confirmed delivery date is in your email confirmation from Amazon after you ordered.

Keep in mind that if Amazon missed the delivery because of a natural disaster or some other event out of Amazon’s control, the Guaranteed Delivery fee refund doesn’t apply.

To get a refund, visit the Amazon Contact Us page and click Start chatting now. Mention that you want to apply for the Guarantee Delivery fee or the A-to-Z Guarantee refund, whichever applies. 

How to Track the Original Location of an Email via its IP Address

You’ve received an email and you want to figure out where it came from. At first glance, it seems impossible. There’s just an email address and that could have come from anywhere in the world. There’s no stamp, postage mark, or return street address like letter mail.

Email does have similar features to letter mail that most of us never see. One of them is an IP address that’s sort of like a street address. The challenge is to track an IP address from an email. 

Let’s look at how to view and read an email header first. This is also a good way to tell if an email is fake, spoofed, or spam.

How To Read An Email Header

With every email, there is an email header. Think of this as a sort of envelope that travels with the mail. It has the sender and recipient information, as well as information picked up along the way. It’s not obvious that the header is there and it can be difficult to read.

How To View An Email Header In Gmail

  1. At the top-right corner of the email, click on the three vertical dots. In the menu that opens, click on Show Original.
  1. On the page that opens, you’ll see the plain text version of the email at the bottom. All the odd text up to where the email content begins is the header.

How To View An Email Header In Yahoo Mail

  1. Near the top and middle of the email, click on the three horizontal dots. In the menu that opens, click View raw message.
  1. The window that opens will have the plain text version of the email. Everything right up to the body of the message is the header.

How To View An Email Header In Outlook.com

  1. At the top-right corner of the email, click on the three horizontal dots. Then click on View and then View message details.
  1. The Message details window will open, showing only the header of the email.

How To View An Email Header In Outlook

  1. First, open the message in its own window. Then click on File in the top-left corner.
  1. In the window that opens, click on the Properties button.
  1. Look at the bottom part of the Properties window when it opens, for the Internet headers section. The text in the box is the header.

How To Read An Email Header

The easiest way to read an email header is to use an online header analyzer. Some choices include Google’s GSuite Toolbox Messageheader or MX Toolbox’s header analyzer. We’ll use Google’s.

  1. Paste the header into the Messageheader tool (a) and click on Analyze the Header Above (b).
  1. The results will be displayed in order of hops through the internet, starting at 0 for the point of origin. In the example below, the IP address has been blurred out for privacy. To track an IP address from an email, this is the IP you would use to try to find the geographical origin of the email. It might also be there as a domain name.

How To Track An IP Address Location From An Email

There are several sites on which you can perform a whois search to track down an IP address location. A whois search is a search to find out who the owner of the domain name is or the IP address. Search for one that you like, but we’ll use Whois.com today.

  1. Enter the IP address or domain name from the header analysis results, and click on the WHOIS button.
  1. The results will come back with a lot of information. The Registrant Contact section will likely list the Name, Street, City, State/Province, Postal Code, and Country of the person or company that registered the domain name or owns the IP address.

What If The Domain Is Google, Yahoo Or Outlook?

When an email is sent from a free email service like Google, Yahoo, or Outlook, it won’t carry the IP address of the sender. It’ll just show the IP or domain name of Google, Yahoo, or Outlook. Of course, that could be thousands of miles from the sender’s actual location.

Check The Email Domain Name

The part after the @ symbol is the domain name of the sender. If it’s not @gmail.com, or @yahoo.com, or @outlook.com, it’s probably unique to that sender or their organization. The easiest thing to do is to put the domain name into a web browser and see if it shows you a website. If it does, check to see if that site has a mailing address on it.

Turn A Domain Name Into An IP Address

What if you have a domain name but no website to check? And the whois search hides their actual location? Try turning the domain name into an IP address and doing a whois search on that.

  1. Open the Windows Command Prompt.
  1. Enter the command <pre>ping domain.com</pre> where domain.com is the domain name taken from the header analysis. Press the Enter key. The first thing the command will do is convert the domain name into an IP address. Make note of that IP address and do a whois search on that.

What If I Still Can’t Find The Location?

Trying to track an IP address from an email is detective work. Work being the important part of that phrase. How much work you put into it depends on how much you want to know where the email came from. 

Keep trying different combinations of what we’ve gone through. Try different email header sites and whois search sites. Try just searching the entire email address and see if it’s associated with someone’s profile on a website. That might have their location. Maybe you’ll find a post from it in a forum. Sometimes forums will show what country a person is from. Get creative, you’re the detective!

How To Remove “Continue Watching” From Netflix

“Continue Watching” is a section on Netflix that displays the shows and movies that you’ve been watching lately on the site. When your watching experience gets interrupted, you can use this section to quickly pick up on your favorite shows from where you left off.

The downside of this section is that it’ll list even those shows that you didn’t like. This is because  the list includes all shows from your watching history, and whatever you’ve ever watched on the site.

If you don’t like this section for some reason, you can remove “Continue Watching” from Netflix as shown below.

Remove “Continue Watching” Using The Netflix Phone App

To remove “Continue Watching” from Netflix, you’ll need to clear the items from your Netflix watch history. Once you’ve done that, it’ll no longer list those shows in the “Continue Watching” section until and unless you start playing those shows again.

  1. Launch the Netflix app on your phone and tap on the profile that you use to watch your shows.
  1. Tap on More at the bottom of your screen.
  1. Select the option that says Account on the following screen.
  1. Scroll all the way down and find your profile in the list. Tap on your profile, find the Viewing activity option, and tap on View next to it.
  1. You’ll see your Netflix watch history. These are shows and movies that you’ve been watching on this platform. To remove an item from the “Continue Watching” section, tap on the icon next to that item in the list.
  1. The app will say your chosen show will be removed from your history.
  2. If you want to remove an entire series from the “Continue Watching” section, tap on Hide series. The list will no longer show any episodes from your chosen series in the “Continue Watching” row on Netflix.
  1. If you want to remove the “Continue Watching” section from Netflix entirely, then you’ll need to hide all your shows. Scroll down on the current screen and tap on Hide all to do it.
  1. It’ll take some time to remove items from the “Continue Watching” section but generally it’s done in under 24 hours.

Your changes will be synced across all your devices and the section will be removed from everywhere in your Netflix account.

Remove “Continue Watching” Using The Netflix Web Version

You can remove the “Continue Watching” section using Netflix’s web version as well. This would be a more ideal method to use if you have a large number of shows and movies to remove from your watch history.

The navigation on the desktop version will make the process a whole lot easier.

  1. Open a new tab in your browser and head over to the Netflix site. Log-in to your account if you aren’t already logged-in.
  2. Click on the profile that you use to watch content on the site and continue.
  1. Click on your profile icon at the top-right corner and choose the option that says Account. It’ll open your account settings menu.
  1. Scroll down, find your profile, click on it, and select View next to where it says Viewing activity. It’ll take you to your Netflix history page.
  1. You’ll see the list of shows and movies you’ve watched on Netflix. Click on the icon next to the show you want to remove from “Continue Watching” and it’ll be removed.
  1. To remove an entire series, click on the icon next to one of the episodes of that series and select Hide series.
  1. If you want no signs of “Continue Watching” on your main Netflix screen at all, scroll all the way down in your watch history and click on the option that says Hide all. It’ll hide all your shows from the “Continue Watching” section.

Since there won’t be any shows to display in “Continue Watching”, Netflix will remove the entire section altogether.

Use a Different Profile To Watch Content

One reason why some users choose to remove “Continue Watching” from Netflix is that they don’t want certain shows that they watch to appear in the list. If that’s why you’re removing the section, you can actually use a different profile to achieve what you want.

Netflix keeps users’ watch histories separated by their profiles, and if you use a different profile for your certain shows, those shows won’t appear in “Continue Watching” on your main profile.

Create a New Profile On Netflix

  1. Head over to the Netflix site and sign-in to your account.
  2. Choose your current profile from the list on your screen.
  3. Click on your profile icon at the upper-right corner and choose Manage Profiles. It’ll let you view and add profiles to your account.
  1. Select the option that says Add Profile on the following screen.
  1. Netflix will ask you to enter a name for your new profile. Enter a name, tick-mark the Kid box if it’s a kid profile (if you only want kids-friendly content), and click on Continue.
  1. The profile will instantly be added to your account. You can choose it from the profiles list on your screen to open it.

Delete a Profile From Your Netflix Account

When you’ve finished watching shows in your secondary profile, you may want to delete it so nobody can access that profile and see what you’ve watched with it.

  1. Launch Netflix in your browser and click on the pencil icon on the image for your secondary profile.
  1. The following screen has three buttons at the bottom. Click on the one that says Delete Profile to remove the profile from your account.
  1. Netflix will ask if you really want to delete the profile and all data associated with it. Click on the Delete Profile button to remove the profile.
  1. The profile will be gone from your account on all your devices.

Were you able to remove “Continue Watching” on Netflix? Did you run into any problems? Let us know in the comments below.

Quick Fixes When Your Zoom Meeting Camera Isn’t Working

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting your Zoom meeting set up and ready to go only to find out your camera isn’t working.

Below are several quick things to try to fix your camera on a Desktop or SmartPhone for Zoom.

Is Your Video Turned On?

When you join a meeting, Zoom prompts you with a box that says Turn off my video.

Make sure this box isn’t checked. If it is, you will enter the meeting without being on camera. If you don’t see your web camera, make sure all other programs that also use your camera are closed.

Close All Other Programs

Whether you’re using a Mac, Linux, or Windows machine, try closing all other applications, especially apps that also use your camera such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Facebook.

Your camera can only work with one application at a time. Sometimes these programs are running in the background, or they might be among your startup programs.

For Windows, you can use the Task Manager to end processes that might be hanging and using your camera.

On your mobile devices, hold down the Zoom app until an options menu pops up. Then tap App Info, and choose Force Stop. Wait a few minutes and restart it.

For a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu, you can kill a process through the system monitor or through a line command in the terminal.

Try Restarting Zoom Camera Access

If your Zoom meeting camera is not working, first try to stop the video and then start it again. See the up arrow next to the Start Video/Stop Video setting on the bottom bar and click on it.

Make sure your camera is connected. Uncheck your camera and then check it again. See if the video starts working.

The next simple fix to try is to restart the Zoom app. Sometimes stopping and restarting an app will work.

If this doesn’t solve your problem, try restarting your computer.

Are You Up To Date?

Does your device have all the latest system updates? If not, update them now. Once you are sure your device is up to date, check your Zoom app.

Visit the official site and download the latest version for your browser or device if you aren’t already using it and check that your browser settings for camera access are correctly set.

Is It Your Camera or Zoom?

First, determine if the cause of your problem is your camera or the Zoom app itself. If it works on another application, the problem is with the Zoom app. The reverse is also true.

Make sure there isn’t something physically blocking or covering your camera. 

Does Your Camera Have Permission to Work With Zoom?

Your device may be blocking access to your camera. To verify that the Zoom app has camera permission settings on Windows 10, start by typing Settings into the search bar.

From Windows Settings, click on Privacy > Camera under App permissions.

The first section allows access to your camera on your device. Make sure it’s on.

The next section globally gives your installed apps access to your camera. If it is off, toggle the switch to turn it On.

Note that you can change the permissions for individual apps under the Choose which Microsoft Store apps can access your camera and Allow desktop apps to access your camera settings sections.

The Zoom app is located under the desktop apps section. Scroll down to find it and make sure it’s On.

Permissions for macOS

For Mac OS 10.14 Mojave, check your operating system permissions to be sure Zoom has access to your camera.

For other versions of Mac, contact Apple Support.

Permissions on Android Devices To Access Your Camera

  • Go to Settings > Applications > Application Manager > Zoom
  • If you don’t see access listed to take videos and pictures for the Zoom app, uninstall and reinstall the app

Uninstall and Reinstall Zoom

Once you have tried all the above steps and determined that your camera does work with other applications, try a fresh Zoom install.

First, you must remove your current installation of Zoom. Then for Mac and Windows operating systems, download it again from the Zoom website.

Reinstalling Zoom on Linux

Because Linux has many different distributions, see Installing or updating Zoom on Linux for different distros. 

Uninstall Zoom from your Android device by:

  • Opening Settings
  • Tapping Applications > Zoom > Uninstall
  • Confirming Uninstall

Reinstall Zoom by going to the Play Store and clicking Install.

  • Restart your device.

To delete the Zoom app on iOS:

  • Hold down the Zoom app icon until a pop-up opens with the Delete App option next to a garbage can icon
  • Click Delete App and then Delete again to confirm
  • Go to the App Store to reinstall Zoom on your iOS device by clicking the little cloud icon

Click Install to download a fresh version of Zoom. When it’s finished downloading, the app will appear on your home screen.

Test and confirm that your camera is now working. If it is working for other apps but not for Zoom, contact the support team at Zoom.

If your camera doesn’t work with any app, contact Apple Support.

Zoom Best Practices

Now that you have solved your Zoom camera issues, below are a few best practice tips for Zoom meetings.

  • Before starting or joining a Zoom meeting, test your audio and video settings
  • Keep your camera at eye level, instead of too low or too high
  • Look into the camera when speaking and make eye contact with participants
  • Be courteous to others by muting yourself if you are multitasking or talking with someone not in the meeting
  • Don’t forget that you are on camera and refrain from inappropriate behavior as others can see what you’re doing
  • Try to have a clean and simple background or take advantage of Zoom’s virtual backgrounds
  • Avoid disrupting background noises when possible such as barking dogs

If you are the host of a Zoom meeting, in addition to testing your settings prior to the start of the meeting, practice what you plan to do.

For example, be sure you know how to share your screen and record a meeting before it starts. Hosts don’t have to grant permission to participants to share their screens, but they can prevent them from doing so.

Also, learn how to give them permission to record your meeting if they ask.

Have you tried Zoom yet? It is a free and feature-rich video conferencing platform to meet family, friends, clients, staff, and business associates virtually.  And now you know what to do if your Zoom meeting camera is not working.

OTT Explains : What Is DRM?

Some digital files, such as songs, ebooks, and video games, are designed to prevent the consumer from copying, sharing, or using them on a different device other than the one it was purchased for. This can often create irritation on behalf of the consumer. When paying hard earned money for a product, you want to be able to do whatever you want with it.

Purchasing such a program can often leave you feeling cheated, as if you’ve procured a broken or incomplete product. The truth is that you’re being restricted by Digital Restrictions/Rights Management (DRM).

But what is DRM? In this article we’ll help you understand the concept and what it means to you.

What Is DRM?

Digital Rights Management is a far-reaching term which refers to the technological restrictions that control what users can do with digital media. This means usage control is removed from the person who owns the content and places it into the “hands” of a computer program. 

DRM is a two-part scheme. The first part is the encryption to protect the content itself. The second is to ensure that only authorized users can unlock the files using an authentication system. When purchasing a product protected by DRM, you are, in essence, buying a defective or incomplete good.

This provides DRM-users a lot of control over production and distribution of media. There are endless applications and methods that can be used to insert DRM such as a server restricting access to an ebook based on constraints set by the copyright holder or limiting the number of copies you can make of a DVD.

This may seem overly restrictive from a consumer point of view but DRM is in place to curb the detriments of piracy. File-sharing networks have made traditional copyright law obsolete in practice. Whenever someone downloads an MP3 or video file of a copyrighted product from a free file-sharing website, the company or studio responsible for the original product loses money.

It is impractical to try and sue every person who breaks the law in this way on the internet, so DRM is a company’s way of asserting some control over their product.

DRM Standards

DRM does not currently have industry-wide standards. Many digital companies have chosen DRM protection to ensure that users can’t copy, print, alter or transfer material, period. The biggest concern for opponents to DRM is that current DRM trends, in fact, surpass protections afforded under traditional copyright law.

Other arguments against Digital Rights Management are user privacy, technological innovation, and fair use. Under current copyright law, fair use gives the consumer the right to make copies of copyrighted content for self use. First Sale, the right to resell purchased digital content, and Limited Term, expiration of copyright after a certain time period, are doctrines that are also side-stepped by the use of DRM.

Third-party vendors are unable to develop software-specific products and plug-ins if the computer code in that software is indefinitely protected by DRM. On that same note, consumers are unable to legally tinker with their own hardware if it’s protected by a DRM scheme that prohibits alteration.

How To Check For DRM Encryption

Nowadays, most paid digital content is DRM-protected. You’re likely to come across it when purchasing a digital video/DVD, music files, and ebooks.

To see if your product has been protected by DRM:

Audio/Video File

  1. Right-click the media file.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Navigate to the Details tab.
  4. Look for Protected. The Yes or No to the right will let you know if the file contains DRM protection.

iTunes eBooks

  1. Select the eBook from your iTunes library.
  2. Navigate to File > Get Info.
  3. Open the Summary tab.
  4. Located near Kind you’ll see either Book, Purchased Book, or Protected Book. The former two are DRM free, while the latter is DRM-protected.

DVD Discs

You only have to have purchased a DVD in an official capacity to know that it is DRM-protected. This goes for both purchases made online and offline.

A few tell-tale signs that a DVD may be DRM-protected are:

  • The inner hub of the disc has a copyright inscription;
  • The packaging comes in a plastic case with 2-3 spades (jewel casing) and is sealed in cellophane;
  • You receive a copyright notice at the beginning of the film.

There are other ways, but these are the easiest to determine if a DVD is protected.

The Future of DRM

Piracy doesn’t seem to be slowing down either offline or online, so is DRM really effective? There are already many software tools that can bypass and even remove DRM-protection.

As DRM continues to become standardized across digital industries, we’re left to wonder whether any DRM system can satisfy both copyright holders and consumers. A further look into what the future holds can be summed up by what experts call Trusted Computing

Trusted Computing is where a computer will consistently behave in expected ways that are enforced by computer hardware and software. This ensures the protection of copyrighted content from production to purchase to use. Computers will automatically know what the user can and cannot legally do with a piece of content and then act accordingly.

This is a double-edged sword for consumers. On one hand, you have user rights, which will be greatly inhibited. On the other, by adopting the DRM standards, consumers will be better off at least in part, because DRM-encoded media will play on all types of equipment.