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About Marlin

Marlin DRM is a content protection system for audio-visual content distribution ecosystems and associated consumer devices and services.


Companies worldwide are involved in Marlin’s membership as partners, adopters, developers, and trusted services providers.

History & founders

Marlin started in January 2005 when Intertrust, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony joined forces to develop a next-generation content protection technology.

Today, Marlin DRM is much more than a technology specification. Companies that want to deploy a content protection solution can work with one of several Marlin solution providers. For example, Intertrust, offers a comprehensive Marlin-compliant solution that includes a hosted service and SDKs for mobile apps and embedded devices.

Thriving open environment

Thriving open environment

Several national initiatives and other standards bodies have adopted Marlin. YouView in the UK, TivùOn! in Italy, and the IPTV Forum Japan currently use Marlin DRM exclusively as their content protection technology. Marlin technology is used in the vast majority of Japanese internet TV services. Marlin is also the most widely deployed DRM in China and Southeast Asia.

In addition, a growing number of consumer devices, including set top boxes, network Blu-ray players, and smart TVs from most major manufacturers, are Marlin-enabled. In all, there is a growing base of more than one billion Marlin-enabled devices in the global market.

Marlin Trust Management Organization

The Marlin Trust Management Organization (MTMO) grants commercial licenses for deploying Marlin-based devices or services.

The MTMO ensures that Marlin implementations are tested, secure, and market ready. It also ensures all Marlin solutions interoperate and conform to appropriate standards.