Blinkbox, LoveFilm and Netflix: How DRM gets them all

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The Angel

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Speaker: Paul Thompson, Internet television & film specialist will be giving this month's talk.

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Paul will be talking about his experiences around DRM content protection provisions, at Lovefilm, Amazon and BlinkBox.

He'll be answering about some of the big questions surrounding DRM provisions:

Why do the studios push for their use? Why are they used? What does it mean for Internet television? Why have Netflix chosen to go down that route?

We are seeing the rise of HTML5 and and the demise of proprietary plugins, such as Microsoft Silverlight. But contractually online video providers such as Netfix are obliged to support DRM - content protection technology intended to prevent copying and file sharing - and are lobbying for its inclusion in the standard. The proposal that DRM, with its contractual secrecy and proprietary elements, be woven into the standards for the web has proved controversial - potentially undermining the concept of 'open' web standards.

Speaker: Paul Thompson is a London based internet television & film specialist, having worked for the several large media multinationals. He has also contributed to several areas of Liberal Democrat IT policy, in particular the Digital Economy Act and digital intellectual property issues, and has served as the digital intellectual property lead for their IT & Intellectual Property Policy Working Group.

Talk starts at 7.30pm

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