Access Restriction

Halliburton Co. has a lot of information it considers confidential--and it wants to keep it that way. Like many companies, the energy giant's success is dependent on keeping secrets, from financial data to IP.

To ensure this information stays under lock and key, Ron Perkowski, senior counsel at Halliburton, is turning an eye toward digital rights management (DRM).

"You can set it so the opposing party can't print a certain document, or you can make documents time sensitive so that they'll automatically become inaccessible at the end of a matter," Kruse says.

Empowered with the confidence that confidential information won't be made public, experts predict companies using DRM will have less anxiety about taking matters to trial.

"Because DRM can allow you to monitor the usage of documents, plaintiffs' attorneys may claim you're capturing their work product because you can see what they're interested in," Perkowski says. "I would certainly object to it like crazy if I was a plaintiff."

If opposing counsel raise such objections, lawyers may have to convince courts that DRM should be allowed.

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Keith Ecker

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