The Internet is an amazing resource for information and media and for most, a
free library to plagiarize from and re-use for their own purpose. At the top of
the list of items that get pirated and distributed without authorization are
Videos are big game for pirates and the film industry needs video protection to survive. Millions has been spent on research and development of video protection but the best they came up with was anti-copy disks which at the need of the day can still be exploited. Unfortunately disk protection is an expensive process because proprietary disks and disk writers are required that can conceal the unlock keys in hidden partitions.
So what can small business do about video protection?
Most will be distributing video by download for desktop viewing or displaying them from a web page. Unfortunately nothing can be done about protecting video distributed for play in generic video players, like the one connected to your television. But there are some methods that can be deployed to prevent sharing and also prevent copy.
Password protection is the easiest to install and enforce. Password protection will restrict access to your video or web page but it will not prevent those who can log in from sharing the login details. More on that later.
Another strategy that can be employed is "encryption". Encryption can protect the video stored on the server from your web master and web hosting staff, and it can prevent leakage to those who may not have access rights to that video. Encrypted video requires a proprietary video player to decrypt according to limitations that you control. For online display videos can be encrypted using your domain name as the encryption key to create "domain lock" whereby the video can only be shown from pages on your web site. Click for the most secure video encryption solutions.
Individual users can be identified by the computer that they use. A unique Computer ID can be defined by obtaining the hard drive serial number or MAC address that is used for the Internet connection. Most of those in the copy protection industry are imitating the ideas of others and only capable of getting a MAC address, which is not ideal because a computer will have a different MAC address for different types of Internet connection, whether it be LAN, Modem, Wi-Fi, etc. Click for the most secure user identification solution.
So far we have discussed the means of preventing unauthorized access to your videos, and now need to discuss what can be done to protect them while open and on display. First, let's identify some methods of obtaining a copy while on display:
Now you may have noticed that the "right-click" menu is mentioned a couple of times, so you might think that disabling the right click menu will protect your media. But you will be wrong, because the same menu options are available from the browser toolbar. You will not be alone thinking that because thousands of
site owners adopt protection methods that only partially do the job. Media
server servers are often used for video storage and their buffering features,
and they do offer "protection" but that protection is nothing like what we are
discussing here because all they can do is prevent the video from being hot
linked, ie: played from someone else's web page. As for their embedded video
players, the one provided for web page display, they all include options for
downloading and saving the video, and even if you apply copy protection to the
web page, you will find that the "fullscreen" button that they provide will
enable a user to escape the realm of the web page where the copy protection has
The protection offered by video streaming services are merely designed for protecting their own revenue by ensuring that only paying clients get to stream via their service.
So when we talk about "copy protection" we mean methods of preventing all copy full stop, completely, without ado, and methods that cannot be exploited. Methods that can be and should be employed by those who need to protect their livelihood and proprietary information.
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