Now available: rights management for downloadable video

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Today Adobe announced general availability of the Flash Media Rights Management Server with cross-platform content protection that helps safeguard video content created for Adobe Flash technology against misuse.

Adobe has been offering content protection capabilities for over a dozen years in a variety of formats, starting with PDF and expanding to native office documents and CAD files. As the leader in web video, Adobe has also had online streaming protections from Flash Media Server since its second release in 2005, which have recently expanded in Flash Media Server 3.

Adobe’s Rights Management technologies are now included in the Adobe AIR Runtime to protect downloadable and offline video in Adobe Media Player and other custom AIR applications. This provides content owners with the ability to consistently protect their content on both Mac and Windows platforms, with Linux in the works, providing significant cross-platform reach.

The server is also cross platform, running on Windows and Linux, providing utilities to encrypt video files encoded with the Sorenson, On2 and H264 video codecs. Those protected files can then be distributed over standard HTTP progressive download delivery, including through a CDN. The FMRMS service provider interfaces allow for integration into existing infrastructure for authentication and authorization of content.

The content protection capabilities Adobe provides give content owners choices in download to own, download to rent, and ad-supported business models with an engaging user experience including content protection.

A FAQ is available here.

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Posted on 03-19-2008