With more ways to stream online video than ever before, protecting video continues to be a key issue for copyright holders.
This is often achieved through Digital Rights Management, better known as DRM; an anti-piracy tool that dictates when and where digital content can be accessed.
Widevine DRM is one of the leading players in the field. The Google-owned technology is used by many of the largest streaming services including Amazon, Netflix, Disney+ and others. As such, keeping it secure is vital.
Unfortunately for rightsholders, most protection measures have their weak spots. Widevine DRM comes in different security levels and pirates have repeatedly shown that the lower specifications are not exactly watertight.
Lawsuit Against ‘DRM-Bypassing IPTV Pirates’
As a result of these and other weaknesses, pirate IPTV services are booming. This is a thorn in the side of Sling TV and parent company Dish Network, which sued one of these operations in a U.S. court this week.