1 Introduction

The Rights Management Services (RMS) protocols enable information-protection functionality that works with RMS-enabled applications to help safeguard digital information from unauthorized use, online and offline, inside and outside of the firewall. RMS is designed for organizations that have to protect sensitive and proprietary information, such as financial reports, product specifications, customer data, and confidential email messages. RMS can be used to help prevent sensitive information from intentionally or accidentally getting into the wrong hands.

This overview describes the intended functionality of the RMS protocols and the manner in which the RMS protocols interact. This description includes how RMS interacts with systems or applications that create or consume rights-protected content, how RMS servers interact, and how RMS interacts with management clients that have to configure and manage the system. It provides examples of some of the common user scenarios. It does not restate the processing rules and other details that are specific to each protocol. These details are described in the protocol specifications for each of the protocols and data structures that make up this system.