Google Buys Anti-Piracy Firm Widevine

Posted by at 12:26 am on December 5, 2010

Anti-piracy firm Widevine announced Friday that it has been acquired by Google. This another move by Google to up its image in Hollywood and in DC.

Widevine’s technology can protect both downloaded content and streams from unauthorized copying – the kind of tech which sould help make YouTube more appealing to studios. It’s also well-suited to Google’s strategy for extending the Android platform to more devices.

The announcement came 24 hours after Google’s general counsel, Kent Walker, posted plans on the firm’s Public Policy Blog to implement four changes long sought by copyright holders, including moving faster to take down allegedly infringing material and doing a better job deterring pirate sites from selling ads through Google.

Terms of the Widevine deal weren’t disclosed

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