Consuming Rights-protected Content

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

When users consume protected content, two processes occur that are transparent to the user. First, the RMS-enabled application requests a use license when the user opens the document. Second, the RMS-enabled application examines the use license to determine whether it requires a revocation list and checks to see if any certificate that is in its chain of trust or that of the rights account certificate has been revoked. After both processes are completed, the RMS-enabled application renders the rights-protected content if all rights and revocations permit it to do so.

If a revocation list is required, the application looks for a local copy of the revocation list that has not expired. If necessary, it retrieves a current copy of the revocation list. The application then applies any revocation conditions that are relevant in the current context.

If no revocation condition blocks access to the content, the application renders the content and the user can exercise the rights that he or she has been granted.

You can configure RMS to process use license requests from authorized external users. This allows users to share protected content over the Internet.

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