PAPYLESS Selects Intertrust ExpressPlay DRM to Secure and Protect the Streaming of its Popular Animated Manga Content

ExpressPlay Secures The Company’s Renta! Service for Distribution of Japanese Animated Manga Content

February 27, 2024, San Francisco, California, Tokyo, Japan –  PAPYLESS, Japan’s leading digital manga (comic book) eBook site, and Intertrust, the world’s leading trusted distributed computing and rights management provider, today announced that PAPYLESS will use Intertrust ExpressPlay® DRM to protect animated manga content distributed through PAPYLESS’ ANICOMI streaming service. With the selection of ExpressPlay DRM, PAPYLESS furthers its mission of securely providing Japanese comic content to the broadest possible audience. 

PAPYLESS is a major distributor of eBook enabled manga content through its Renta! multi device eBook rental service. Through the company’s companion ANICOMI streaming service, which adds sound and motion to manga content, PAPYLESS is expanding its business to the streaming video market. ANICOMI includes The Evil Lady, Picked Up by a Solitary Exorcist and other well-known titles. 

“The popularity of the Japanese manga industry also brings the unwanted attention of digital pirates,” said Masatoshi Sugimoto, System Development Manager of PAPYLESS. “With its depth of experience in content protection as well as in the Japanese market, Intertrust is an ideal partner.”  

Intertrust ExpressPlay DRM is the world’s most scalable multi-DRM service, used by leading media streaming operators around the world. ExpressPlay supports the largest number of DRM formats, including the open standards-based Marlin DRM. ExpressPlay offers broad client device compatibility from mobile devices and TVs to PCs, for premium live and on demand content services with proven scalability and ultra high transaction per second loads.

“Manga content is an important cultural property,” said Yutaka Nagao, Managing Director, Japan and Senior Vice President, Technology Initiatives & Engineering. “We are honored to help PAPYLESS expand their business in this market with our market-proven content protection capabilities.” 

About multi-device ebook rental service Renta!

Renta! launched in 2007 as a platform for anyone to easily access ebooks cheaply.

We now have a large user base, surpassing 9 million subscribers in 2023. As a multi-device service, our users can enjoy their favorite content, including comics, novels, handbooks, practical guides, VertiComix, and AniComx, whenever and wherever they are on their preferred devices, hassle-free.*

We maintain competitive pricing through our unique 48-hour rental service. Users can also fully purchase content, ensuring we can cater to their varying needs, be they casual browsers or avid readers.

We store all book data and user information at Renta! on Papyless’s cloud service. By doing this, we can easily differentiate between the devices our users view content on and ensure they can seamlessly switch between devices without any issue if they lose, break, or change their mobile terminal.

*The pricing and perusal periods vary by content.



Company Name: PAPYLESS CO., LTD.

Representative: Yasuko Matsui, CEO

Capital: 414,460,000 JPY

Established: March 31, 1995

Location: Kioicho Bldg., 3-12 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094

TEL: 03-6272-9533

FAX: 03-6272-9563


Business: Ebook retailer


About Intertrust 

Intertrust provides trusted computing products and services to leading global corporations—from mobile, consumer electronics, and IoT manufacturers, to service providers and enterprise software platform companies. These products include the world’s leading digital rights management (DRM) and technologies to enable private data exchanges for various verticals, including energy, entertainment, retail/marketing, automotive, fintech, and IoT. Founded in 1990, Intertrust is headquartered in Silicon Valley with regional offices in London, Tokyo, Mumbai, Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul, and Tallinn. The company has a legacy of invention, and its fundamental contributions in the areas of computer security and digital trust are globally recognized. Intertrust holds hundreds of patents that are key to Internet security, trust, and privacy management components of operating systems, trusted mobile code and networked operating environments, web services, and cloud computing. Additional information is available at, or follow us on X または LinkedIn.


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