Last November, Adobe Systems announced plans to release a new Flash Media Server in the first quarter of 2008. Adobe has now released the Adobe Flash Media Rights Management Server, which allows content creators to control how and where their content can be distributed and experienced.
At $40,000 per CPU, the tool is aimed at broadcasters and sites that use Flash to serve streaming video. The DRM tool utilizes Adobe AIR, which allows the DRM restrictions to remain in place even when users are not connected to the Internet, reports vnunet.com.
This Techdirt piece suggests that it was the lack of DRM that allowed Flash to become pervasive in the first place and wonders why Adobe would bother with DRM, since it has never prevented copyright infringement.