Google buys anti-piracy company

Google anounced today that the company is buying anti-piracy software company Widewine. Widevine provides digital media solutions for the delivery of digital entertainment to any device. Hundreds of service providers use Widevine’s multiplatform DRM and video optimization solutions for securing high quality video and audio.

Widevine is a privately held corporation headquartered in Seattle, WA, funded by Constellation VenturesCisco SystemsCharter VenturesDai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP)Pacesetter Capital GroupThe Phoenix PartnersTELUS (NYSE: TU) and VantagePoint Venture Partners.

Here’s the prepared statement he released today (12/3/2010):

Widevine is excited to announce that we have agreed to be acquired by Google.

For many years, Widevine has enabled consumers to access digital entertainment content. Through a combination of content protection and video optimization technologies, we’ve provided consumers with the highest quality Internet video experience while giving them freedom to watch on a variety of devices. With the recent growth of Internet video and network connected devices, it is increasingly important for technology to provide consumers with the capability to watch what they want, when they want, where they want.

By working with Google, we are even further committed to the consumer Internet video experience and to the needs of content owners. Widevine will continue to supply the industry with leading video optimization and content protection solutions. We are excited to have access to Google’s vast resources as we continue to improve our products, support our customers, and meet the future needs of consumers, content owners, service providers and device manufacturers everywhere.