[html5] Video Security

Matthias-Christian Ott ott at mirix.org
Sat Feb 12 03:25:32 PST 2011

On Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 08:25:42AM +0300, Dmitry Kharlamov wrote:
> We have a premium video content available via subscription. We are already
> using HTML5 video to deliver free videos and are very keen to start using it
> for premium content. However, the main consideration is how copy protected
> we can be using the HTML5 video formats. At the moment we are using the RTMP
> Streaming solution along with Flash DRM protection. Is there likely to be or
> maybe already is something similar for the HTML5 video standard?

DRM is a logical contradiction and is impossible. You can't build a DRM
system which is based on an open standard without hardware support (see
Sun Microsystem's DReaM DRM) and even then it's breakable (PlayStation 3
is a recent example). DRM depends on secrecy, obfuscation and security
by obscurity which are in contradiction with an open standard.

Information wants to be free. You can't make it impossible to copy data.
It's simply a matter of accepting this. You should adapt your business
model if this is a problem for you.


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