First Vietnamese Copyright Protection Solution Developer Certified to Meet Int’l Security Standards

4:34:31 PM | 2/17/2020

With the digital copyright protection solution (commercially known as Sigma DRM) and Cartesian certification, Thu Do Multimedia is the first company in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, one of six Asian companies to achieve this certification.

Thu Do Multimedia is the Vietnamese company that has successfully developed DRM solutions and solution on detecting infringement of re-streaming video content on the internet environment. Catersian has now certified DRM solutions for all 20 DRM companies worldwide.

In 2019, Thu Do Multimedia JSC., (Thu Do Multimedia) announced the successful research and development of digital content copyright protection solutions, by combining DRM (Digital Right Management) and Finger Print Online (solution for detecting re-streaming video sources). This is a solution to protect digital content copyright on internet environment developed by Vietnamese engineers.

In December 2019, the digital copyright protection solution (commercially known as Sigma DRM) was also tested and audited by Cartesian to meet international security standards. With Cartesian certification, Thu Do Multimedia is the first company in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, one of six Asian companies to achieve this certification. Catersian has now certified DRM solutions for all 20 DRM companies worldwide.

Thu Do Multimedia not only names Vietnam as one of the Top 20 global businesses in developing DRM solutions, but also creates opportunities for Vietnamese content owners to apply this domestic solutions to prevent the ongoing trend of digital content piracy.

Share the reason why Thu Do Multimedia decided to invest in research and development of this DRM + Finger Print Online project, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Han, CEO of Thu Do Multimedia said: “In the past two years, Thu Do Multimedia is the only company that has fully developed OTT television solutions in Vietnam. We realize that copyright protection for digital content (including protection of television content, videos, music, e-books ...) is the most important. If copyright protection is impossible, the economic lossed when Content provider providing the content to users. Moreover, the almost content Owner in the world also refuse to cooperate with Vietnamese content providers as their partners can not protect their contents. The most recent case is that the European Cup was not allowed to be distributed in Vietnam in 2017 due to the lack of copyright security. "

In order to develop an encryption solution, in addition to requiring software security experience, a deep understanding of the terminals is also a mandatory condition because the entire decrypting process takes place at hardware side, moreover, the number of devices in this field ranges from mobile devices to large screens in homes or in cinemas. For that reason, only large companies in the world, such as Apple, Microsoft, and IBM participated in DRM solution development; in the television DRM segment, there are only more than 10 global companies currently developing and providing this solution such as Nagravision, Conax, Viacess ...

Thudo Multimedia's passing the accreditation of Cartesian – The Audit company for all DRM solutions worldwide, bringing the Sigma DRM into the list of 20 DRM solutions meeting global security standards. This is an important achievement for Thu Do Multimedia, as it’s certifying the capable in the field of security development in Vietnam, as well as opening up opportunities for Sigma DRM solutions to reach and providing for television companies and digital content providers in Vietnam and overseas market.

It can be said that the succesful development and owning DRM technology of a Vietnamese company is very important achievement when the copyright infringement in the internet in Vietnam is very painful. To combat copyright infringement, besides integrating content protection solutions (DRM), the applying of Finger Print Online solution to detect pirated video sources and prevent timely when content is recorded with screen recording devices is a viable solution in the internet environment.

"In terms of security capables, Sigma DRM solution is completely equivalent to the solutions being offered globally," said Nguyen Ngoc Han.

The successful development of a DRM solution by a local company such as Thu Do Multimedia will bring benefits to many digital content owners and content providers in Vietnam. To protect the copyright of content, most of Vietnam's content providers are now applying foreign DRM security solutions.

The limitation of using foreign security solutions is expensive cost- With the success of Sigma DRM solution, Thu Do Multimedia is confident to bring international solutions to Vietnam. In addition, the problem of the connection to get security key from overseas servers is quite complicated and sometimes it does not meet the private requirements of some local companies. And, reasonable reason is that the coordination between local companies will have many advantages from trade negotiations, supporting for operation and upgrading.

From July 2019, the combination of Sigma DRM and Finger Print Online solutions has been applied for VTVcab ON –The OTT TV service of Vietnam cable television corporation (VTVcab).

Founded on March 29, 2010, by a group of 5 Vietnamese IT engineers. Initially, Thu Do developed and released hot Online games such as Galaxy Wars, Xiang-qi Online, Billiard Pro Online, then developed value-added services on mobile. By 2015, Thu Do Multimedia started to research and provide TV service solutions on the Internet. In 2016, in co-oporating with SCTV Digital, successfully developed OTT television solutions and launched products: STVPlay, SCTV Film, SCTV Sports.

In 2018, Thu Do Multimedia reached out to the international market, cooperated with Nuance to develop Voice To Text (V2T) service and developing the first Vietnamese DRM solution. In 2019, the Thu Do Multimedia successfully developed a full solution for OTT television including very important modules such as: Transcode, P2P CDN, Multi-CDN, DRM. The OTT TV named VTVcab On of the Vietnam Cable Corporation (VTVcab) is currently integrated a Sigma DRM solution developed by the Thu Do Multimedia.

By Thu Huyen, Vietnam Business Forum