The Changing Face of DRM: Where Do We Stand in 2015

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is in a state of flux and will change dramatically over the next 12 – 18 months. This introductory-level article explains what DRM is, why it’s important, how it works now, and the upcoming changes to the Media Source Extensions (MSE) and Encrypted Media Extensions (EME).

This story appears on the Jan/Febuary issue of Streaming Media Magazine, and online here. Here’s the snappy intro.  

Digital rights management is one of many ways to protect content from piracy and other misuse. DRM is distinct from other content protection alternatives, and in this introductory-level article I identify those differences, as well as primary DRM providers. I then discuss criteria to use when choosing among them, and describe how technologies such as the Media Source Extensions (MSE) and Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) are changing the way we acquire and deploy DRM.

Check the story out on Streaming Media website.  

About Jan Ozer

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I help companies train new technical hires in streaming media-related positions; I also help companies optimize their codec selections and encoding stacks and evaluate new encoders and codecs. I am a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine, writing about codecs and encoding tools. I have written multiple authoritative books on video encoding, including Video Encoding by the Numbers: Eliminate the Guesswork from your Streaming Video ( and Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg: In Thirty Minutes or Less ( I have multiple courses relating to streaming media production, all available at I currently work as as a Senior Director in Marketing.

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