Does Flash Video need DRM? Adobe thinks so, and is making a push for just such technology for the Flash Player 9 and Server 3 software suites. Using encryption and a licensing system, licensed viewers would be able to watch content in their subscriptions, but nobody else.
This type of DRM isn’t for YouTube, at least not yet. It will likely first show up in corporate communications to rival Windows Media Server’s DRM and Real’s Helix DRM, but later “premium” subscribers to sites like YouTube could get DRMed streaming content at a small price, or something like that. We’ll see what happens.
Adobe Pushes DRM for FlashA [EFF]