Mari Silbey from Media Experiences 2 Go, a Motorola blog shares
with us her experience at Streaming Media East
(http://www.streamingmedia.com/east/program) and the challenges to
successful online video business
The article can be accessed at
Malaysia reviews intellectual property laws
Malaysia is in the
midst of the largest review of its intellectual property laws in almost a
decade. After several reports on the decline of Malaysia’s copyright
enforcement and IP rights protection, the country is urged to continue updating
its IP laws and fully implement the World Intellectual Property Organisation
(WIPO) Internet Treaties. Malaysia is doing exactly that, reviewing all its IP
laws including the Trade Marks
Act, Patents Act, Copyright Act, Industrial Designs Act, Layout Designs of
Integrated Circuits Act and Geographical Indications Act.
(Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia) wants to make the process of
registering IP easier and more efficient. MyIPO has already prepared the first
draft of an amendment bill for the Industrial Design Act and plans to publish
it on their website to discuss with more stakeholders. Trade Marks and Patent
Acts will also be considered for amendments.
Intellectual Property Association (MIPA) wants Internet Service Providers
(ISPs) liable for Internet-related offences, a proposed amendment for the
Copyright Act. Malaysia has not signed the WIPO Copyright Treaty, but law
amendments regarding the Internet will help bring the country closer to such reality
and help clarify positions of various industry stakeholders involved. The Free
Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the US will also be considered in
drafting the different proposals.
wants to improve Malaysia’s IP ecosystem, support innovation and protect
inventions, and build an effective IP regime.
DRM solutions with Marlin BB and IPTV-ES
Sony, Intertrust Technologies,
Matsushita Electric Industrial, Philips and Samsung Electronics established the
Marlin Joint Development Association (Marlin JDA) in 2005 to develop technical
specifications of DRM for use in consumer electronic products. Marlin DRM
supports content distribution over the Internet; Marlin-compliant content and
devices enable users to regardless of the devices or types of content
acquisition. Among many Marlin DRM specifications, designed for various
purposes, there are two useful types known as Marlin BB (Broadband) and Marlin
Marlin BB provides multiple copies
among user’s devices and is used in distribution via broadband internet,
enabled by a communication protocol called NEMO. Marlin BB supports domain
model, which offers a simple way to share downloaded audiovisual content among
devices while still protecting copyrights. A domain model can be created using
methods such as:
a. The user and the user’s devices are
registered on the Marlin server.
b. The server creates a domain key for that
c. The server issues a domain key to each device
and the device securely stores the domain key.
IPTV-ES for Digital Television
Platforms was introduced in 2007 as the first DRM system designed for the IPTV
business in Japan. This solution supports streaming applications such as VOD
and IP multicast, download services and exporting functions (allowing content
to be written into media protected by other DRM systems – Memory stick/Blu-ray
disks). It also supports DLNA (DTCP-IP) and the content is protected using the
releases 1.0 specification; builds standards for consumer electronics and
The Digital Interactive Interface
for Video & Audio consortium (DiiVA) recently announced availability of
DiiVA 1.0 specification. The
specification is open to companies developing CE products such as TVs, set-top
boxes, DVD and Blu-ray players, AV receivers, PCs, game consoles and mobile
devices and other enabling technology.
It will lay the foundation for
enabling access to Internet-based content from TV, content discovery and device
control from DiiVA-enabled TV, carrying AV, Ethernet and USB content over a
single DiiVA cable and playing a game console from any TV in the home, among
other potential functionalities. The specification supports 13.5Gbps of
bandwidth dedicated to video and over 2Gbps aggregate bandwidth in the Hybrid
Channel for bi-directional data and audio. It also supports HDCP 2.0 and
DTCP-IP content protection systems for uncompressed and compressed video
streams and is able to function compatibly to other content protection systems
developed in China. Moreover, the DiiVA allows connectivity and charging power
to portable devices.
This specification is the DiiVA’s
latest effort to addressing the need for a worldwide standard for consumer
electronics and home networking.
More information at http://hiddenwires.co.uk/resourcesnews2009/news20090508-04.html
content protection system chosen to protect TVBLOB’s platform and set-top boxes
SecureMedia’s Encryptonite ONET
System CA/DRM has been chosen to protect TVBLOB’s TV-centric development
platform and hybrid Internet set-top boxes ("BLOBbox"). Content
owners can utilize new, ‘over-the-top’ television services and business models
on the BLOBbox using standard Web technologies with the highest levels of
digital protection for content distributed in both linear and non-linear means
including VOD, podcasts and HTTP streaming. The Encryptonite ONET System is a
multi-format, multi-platform CA/DRM software solution that provides security
for digital content and operational efficiency and added value. It also allows
service providers, telcos and broadband operators to acquire distribution
rights to broadcast channels and VOD programming.
groups call for more ISPs’ responsibility to battle illegal sharing of content
A coalition of business and union
leaders comprising some of the biggest names in British entertainment is
calling for Britain’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to police consumers’
activity to fight against online piracy. The call comes as the Digital Britain
report is being completed, which proposes that a Rights Agency, backed by media
regulator Ofcom, would bring the ISPs and media owners together to fight
illegal peer-to-peer sharing of content. The Future of the Creative Economy, an
alliance including the Federation against Copyright Theft, the Publishers’
Association, BPI and actor’s union Equity, are calling for tighter regulation,
with ISPs being responsible for disconnecting persistent illegal file-sharers. The
alliance supports a “three-strikes” system in which illegal file-sharers
getting warnings according to their violations and if these notices are
ignored, such offenders’ Internet connection will be severed and they will face
legal actions. The responsibility of identifying and punishing illegal
file-sharers is proposed to be that of the ISPs’. The ISPs, however, maintain
that they will resist calls to become debt-collectors for the media industry.
BayTSP reports on Internet piracy
BitTorrent was the most popular file-sharing protocol in 2008. In
America, MIT was the school with the largest number of ‘pirates’, while abroad,
the University of Botswana, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and
National Technical University of Athens had the most infringements in 2008 with
rates at nearly four times those found at US universities. These statements were
issued by BayTSP, the company that works with the entertainment industry to
track down illicit file-sharers, monitor them and gather evidence in order to
issue infringement notices to their ISPs.
BayTSP’s Online Trends and Insights Report showed that
BitTorrent and eDonkey are top of the list as the preferred p2p protocols for
downloading pirated content. In terms of p2p infringement location, Europe has
surged with Spain, Italy and France now holding top three, while the U.S
dropped to fourth place, a significant 35% decrease in the number of identified
BayTSP also reported the trend of broadcasters, major networks
and cable TV moving their content online with different, often experimental,
business models to serve their customers. The challenge, however, is to balance
the public’s desire for free viewing of online shows and the possible loss of
revenue from potential “un-subscribers” who favors watching shows on their
computers. It becomes more challenging with appliances, hardware and services
now in place, allowing streaming of high quality content from computers to HD
TVs. Unauthorized online rebroadcasting of live and pay-per-view events
poses another threat.
Comcast, AT&T, and Road Runner topped the list of US ISPs
with the most infringements, “each with more than one million apiece”, the
Digital Video Broadcasting
(DVB) standard fails to reach Argentina
The Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard has been adopted
almost globally, and the consortium had high hopes that South America would
follow suit. However, after Peru and Brazil decided on adopting Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB),
a Japanese-developed standard for digital television DTV, Argentina seems to be
going with ISDB instead of DVB as well. “We are working to complement
and agree on a common digital TV system so that part of the TV sets’ production
elements can be produced in Argentina”, Argentine President, Cristina Fernández
de Kirchner reportedly said.
Argentina’s telecom market is one of the most advanced in Latin
America. Its fixed-line teledensity is one of the highest in Latin America, and
its broadband market is one of the most developed in South America, with
penetration only second to Chile’s. The country has a number of regulatory
projects in the pipeline: measures to encourage market competition, regulations
on number portability, the selection of a digital terrestrial TV standard, and
the implementation of a Universal Service Fund.
Verimatrix to showcase latest
content protection solutions at NBA 2009
For NAB Show (National Association of Broadcasters) 2009 in
Germany, Verimatrix will be showcasing its latest offering: a new breed of DVB
hybrid content security, dubbed VCASTM for DVB, which allows DVB-C
operators are able to combine DVB broadcasting with interactive IP service
delivery through a security content architecture. VCAS for DVB provides a choice of client
security technologies in cable broadcast networks in which no direct return
path is available and all from a single head-end. The solution supports
subscriber upgrades in a market that is steadily moving towards two-way
connectivity. Another solution will also be demonstrated, VCASTM for
Cable IPTV. It enables cable operators to securely deliver IPTV services over
existing cable plants. This is done through integrating third-party CMTS bypass
technology and VCAS software-based content security that converts an existing
cable system to an asymmetric IP networks suited for IPTV.
More information at http://uk.sys-con.com/node/960481
Dentsu updates on Digital
Rights Permission Code
An update from Dentsu regarding Japan’s multimedia home server
systems – Digital Rights Permission Code: the latest activities regarding DRPC
are as follows.
February 15, 2008, it was voted in an international ballot to be the IEC’s
international standard as IEC 62227.
2008, IEC 62227 Ed.1.0 "Multimedia home server systems – Digital
rights permission code" , first edition of International Standard
August 2008, it was recommended by the IEC Central Office as a useful shared
technical standard that can achieve interoperability among myriad future
digital rights management technologies. URL: http://www.iec.ch/news_centre/release/nr2008/nr2508.htm
November 2008, at the IEC General Meeting in San Paolo, which was a high level
meeting of the three main standardization groups (IEC, ITU and ISO
(JCT1)), a review committee was founded for a shared technical standard (RII –
Rights Information Interoperability) for the three groups based on IEC 62227.
January 2009, when the rights holders’ information database was made public by
the Creators Group Conference on Copyright in Japan, IDs were published using
digital rights permission code.
end of January through February of 2009, at the ITU IPTV meeting held in
Geneva, Switzerland, and then at the MPEG central committee meeting held in
Lausanne, France, a liaison letter for the digital rights permission code was
introduced to the IUT and the ISO by the IEC, and a support section for both
groups was established.
2009, a draft for RII was reviewed by ITU-T SG16 Q.13 and IEC TC100/TA8 at a
joint ad-hoc meeting of the ITU-T and the IEC held in Japan.
2009, the activities of IEC TC100/TA8 as well as a draft for RII based on IEC
62227 from IEC TC100/TA were introduced at a joint meeting about RII between the
ITU-T and the IEC that was held at the ITU SG16 Q.13 rapporteur group meeting
NDS’ subsidiary provides
content protection solutions to ZonTV
Ltd., an NDS-group company and a provider of software solutions for residential
gateways, recently announced that ZonTV Cabo, a subsidiary of Zon Multimedia
and Portugal’s largest triple-play cable operator, has chosen a suite of
Jungo’s broadband software solutions to support the operator’s residential and
business customers. The solutions are Jungo’s OpenRGTM and OpenSMBTM
DOCSIS 3.0 gateway middleware and they will be used for ZON Net Wideband™ and
ZON Empresas™ home and small office gateways, as well as the newly available
SCR™ (Support Cost Reduction) offering for cable operators and the JRMS™ (Jungo
Remote Management System). The gateways can afford wireless and voice
capabilities, and enables a range of multimedia offerings including broadband
access, 802.11n wireless, IP telephony, high-speed web access, print sharing,
file sharing, UpNP AV media sharing etc. without the need for additional
devices. Jungo’s solution is also able to deliver business features such as PBX
over SIP capabilities for multiple users as well as two PacketCable voice ports
for fax and a credit card swipe reader.
More information at http://wireless.sys-con.com/node/966032
MPAA urges for more efforts to
protect intellectual property
In a press conference of the Congressional International
Anti-Piracy Caucus (IAPC), Dan Glickman, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture
Association of America (MPAA), noted that more efforts to protect intellectual
property (IP) are needed to battle escalating IP theft. Glickman said, “During
tough economic times it becomes even clearer how important it is to protect
those industries that are truly creating jobs and generating revenue.”
Glickman also stressed the need for countries to adapt to
tremendous technological changes and to facilitate legitimate markets for
digital content. Glickman referred especially to Canada, one among the five
countries with alarming levels of piracy, highlighted in the IAPC’s Caucus’
2009 Priority Watch List (the other four are China, Mexico, Russia and Spain).
Canada also appeared in the United States Trade Representative’s Special 301
Report’s Priority Watch List.
“The U.S. motion picture industry is constantly looking for new
and innovative ways to deliver creative content to consumers, particularly over
the Internet. It is extremely important that the U.S. trading partners have
effective legislative frameworks for protecting creative content online and
that they enforce IP rights in the digital environment” Glickman said.
More information at http://www.indiantelevision.com/aac/y2k9/aac300.php
Chinese ebooks come to North
Chinese-language ebooks and audiobooks will be added to public
libraries in North America. OverDrive, a global distributor of digital
audiobooks and ebooks, recently announced an exclusive agreement with China digital
publisher ChineseAll. The collection will have more than 20,000 titles, with
8,000 eBooks and 3,000 audiobooks, and the titles will also be available for
download 24/7 from a library’s ‘Virtual Branch’ download website.
More information at http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Overdrive-Inc-990984.html
The 2009 CCP CONTENT PROTECTION AND VIDEO REPORT FROM CHINA is now available and for sale at USD 1000 (USD500 for CCP members)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Digital TV
2. Redistribution Control
3. Set Top Box and Conditional Access
4. Digital Rights Management
6. Unified Content Protection System (UCPS)
7. DiiVA (Digital Interactive Interface for Video & Audio)
8. Online content distribution and copyright protection
1. China Video Industry Association & China Digital Interconnect Alliance
2. China Electronic Standards Institute
3. ChinaDRM Forum
4. Audio Video Coding Standard Workgroup of China (AVS)
Appendix 2 SJ/T 11324-2006 ~ SJ/T11348-2006
Appendix 3 DRM Recommendatory Models
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CONTENT PROTECTION IN CHINA
Our primary purpose in this document is to update the reader with the latest information about the status of content protection in China. We will also review the technical progress of forms of distribution and corresponding content protection. Standards, roles of government entities as well as views from practitioners are included. While this document focuses on the technical perspective, we also try to extend the discussion to the commercial perspective where applicable. We have also included a brief overview of the legal aspects of content protection.
In Section 1, we discuss the progress of digital TV, redistribution control, set-top box (STB) and conditional access, digital rights management, Enhanced Versatile Disk (EVD), unified content protection system, DiiVA and online content distribution and protection. We will briefly introduce the technology and key players in the terrestrial digital TV standard, and will also discuss an emerging technology, mobile TV, which was widely used during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In terms of redistribution control, we also point out that the “Broadcast Flag” is still a subject of research and there is no unified standard throughout China. In terms of STB and CA technique, the related solutions and specific standards are carefully reviewed with corresponding organizations. Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a rather new concept in China and a national forum has been established for its standardization. Our research finds that content protection is unevenly deployed in China while recently there have been more consolidated efforts by the China DRM Forum.
With regard to optical disk technology, we analyze the technical features and industry development of the recommended national standards EVD and CH-DVD, and Ministry of Information Industry’s multiple standards strategy. Regarding the Unified Content Protection System (UCPS), we conclude that it is a public relations production rather than a
technical solution. We list the main P2P-based systems and applications in China with detailed information, while the attitude of the service providers is also discussed. As the broadband becomes more popular among the Internet users in China, we notice a trend of receiving/viewing content through online streaming websites.
In Section 2, some working groups and industry associations are reviewed with their organization charts, roles and current status.
In Section 3, we distinguish the roles and mission of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, previously known as the Ministry of Information Industry, and the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, as both are the main government entities in China for broadcast and electronics.
In Section 4, we briefly cover the legal framework for content protection in China and review certain specific developments in the area.
In the appendix, we attach details of the digital TV standards, references on the law for online content, DRM models and suggestions for MPA in the near future.
We also conducted interviews with various professionals in this area. A separate document,
Voice of Professionals, summarizes key points from these insiders.
An update from Dentsu regarding Japan’s multimedia home server systems –
Digital Rights Permission Code: the latest activities regarding DRPC are as
· On February 15, 2008, it was voted in an
international ballot to be the IEC’s international standard as IEC 62227.
· In June 2008, IEC 62227 Ed.1.0
"Multimedia home server systems – Digital rights permission
code" , first edition of International Standard was published.
· In August 2008, it was recommended by the IEC
Central Office as a useful shared technical standard that can achieve
interoperability among myriad future digital rights management technologies.
· In November 2008, at the IEC General Meeting in
San Paolo, which was a high level meeting of the three main standardization
groups (IEC, ITU and ISO (JCT1)), a review committee was founded for a
shared technical standard (RII – Rights Information Interoperability) for the three
groups based on IEC 62227.
· In January 2009, when the rights holders’
information database was made public by the Creators Group Conference on
Copyright in Japan, IDs were published using digital rights permission code.
· From the end of January through February of
2009, at the ITU IPTV meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland, and then at the MPEG
central committee meeting held in Lausanne, France, a liaison letter for the
digital rights permission code was introduced to the IUT and the ISO by the
IEC, and a support section for both groups was established.
· In March 2009, a draft for RII was reviewed by
ITU-T SG16 Q.13 and IEC TC100/TA8 at a joint ad-hoc meeting of the ITU-T and
the IEC held in Japan.
· In April 2009, the activities of IEC TC100/TA8
as well as a draft for RII based on IEC 62227 from IEC TC100/TA were introduced
at a joint meeting about RII between the ITU-T and the IEC that was held at the
ITU SG16 Q.13 rapporteur group meeting in Korea.
“Making the Right Choices” 16 June 2009. Room 208 Suntec
Convention Centre, Singapore.
The AIBD/ ITU Seminar aims to facilitate the broadcasters
for smooth roll out of digital TV broadcasting in Asia-Pacific region through
effective planning and implementation of appropriate technologies in conformity
with their broadcasting environment and specific requirements.
See attached File (Agenda)
1) BROADCAST ASIA/ DIGITAL FUTURE SYMPOSIUM SERIES “Developments in Broadcast Content Protection and the Role of Government” 17 June 2009 2PM to 5 PM, Singapore Expo Centre
2) AIBD/ITU REGIONAL SEMINAR ON DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL BROADCASTING. “Making the Right Choices” 16 June 2009. Room 208 Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore.
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Both Seminars will be held in conjunction with BroadcastAsia 2009.
The AIBD/ ITU Seminar aims to facilitate the broadcasters for smooth roll out of digital TV broadcasting in Asia-Pacific region through effective planning and implementation of appropriate technologies in conformity with their broadcasting environment and specific requirements.
Following which on 17 June CCP will be hosting Digital Future Seminars where major industry stakeholders such as Astro, Microsoft, MPA and Nagravision and many others will be attending. Key decision makers and high level policy makers are expected****
We will distribute our publication at both events.
Technical solutions have been deployed in Asia Pacific to protect over-the-air and Pay TV broadcast content. These include DRMs, conditional access, encryption and link protection among others. Such solutions aim to safeguard content from illegal redistribution. This half-day session will discuss recent technological and regulatory developments throughout Asia Pacific, and the synergy that technology and policy share in the development of digital broadcast content protection. We will also explore various government priorities such as standards, research and development, training, legislation, enforcement, and awareness messaging.
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