Gauging The Necessary Protection
The protection you need depends on the nature of your content.
A wide variety of video content is distributed on the Internet, from extremely low-budget videos shot on smartphones to Hollywood blockbusters. Here are a few questions to consider. Your company might have other factors you need to consider, as well.
- What is the value of content?
- Is the content ephemeral or long-lasting?
- What is your business's revenue model? Is the content monetized? If so, how? Is it through
advertising, Pay-Per-View, subscription?The table below ranks revenue models and the types of associated content in order of increasing value. The requirements for content protection increase as content value increases.
Revenue model Examples of Content Type Anonymous viewers, ad-funded Short-form content, video clips Authenticated viewers, ad funded Longer form content, live video Subscription High-value content Transaction (rental or electronic sell-through) Studio-quality content
- How great is the potential threat of hackers stealing your content?
- What is the sophistication of potential attackers?
- How important is usability and ease-of-access to the content? Making the content difficult to access can reduce the number of viewers.
- How much money is your company willing to invest to protect the content?
You might require a hybrid solution: more costly protection for your highest valued content and less costly protection for less valuable content.