# Proprietary media in Arch Linux/Manjaro

The Spotify web player relies on a plugin (?) called widevine which allows DRM-protected content to be played. This plugin doesn’t install when you install Vivaldi from the AUR, because something something free software open source, which is all fine and good but I want music and video. In fact, if you ls -l /opt/vivaldi you’ll notice there’s a symbolic link libwidevinecdm.so which points to /opt/google/chrome/libwidevinecdm.so. For me there was no file at this location, but a quick search turned up this help page which talks about enabling streaming of DRM-protected content. Helpfully, the Vivaldi team has provided a script which downloads and installs the plugin for you. After running the script and restarting Vivaldi, the problem was solved. Although I don’t have Netflix or HBO, presumably this fixes playback issues with those platforms as well.