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posted by mattie_p on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the if-you-can't-beat-'em dept.

An anonymous coward writes:

"In March, 2013 Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, proposed adopting DRM into the HTML standard, under the name Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). Writing in October 2013, he said that "none of us as users like certain forms of content protection such as DRM at all," but cites the argument that "if content protection of some kind has to be used for videos, it is better for it to be discussed in the open at W3C" as a reason for considering the inclusion of DRM in HTML.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has objected, saying in May of last year that the plan 'defines a new "black box" for the entertainment industry, fenced off from control by the browser and end-user'. Later, they pointed out that if DRM is OK for video content, that same principle would open the door to font, web applications, and other data being locked away from users.

public-restrictedmedia, the mailing list where the issue is being debated, has seen discussion about forking HTML and establishing a new standard outside of the W3C."

 
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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by hash14 on Tuesday February 18 2014, @03:49AM

    by hash14 (1102) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @03:49AM (#1372)

    What about respecting term limits? Or is the Mickey Mouse Protection Act due to come up again soon?

    Sorry, when copyrights start respecting people, people will start respecting copyrights. There's no reason why the Beatles should still be hampered by copyright law.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by everdred on Tuesday February 18 2014, @03:57AM

    by everdred (110) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @03:57AM (#1378) Journal

    > Sorry, when copyrights start respecting people, people will start respecting copyrights.

    Yep. Setting aside hash14's point about the ever-increasing term of copyright, does anyone think that when your DRMed content goes into the public domain that the DRM is just going to magically disappear so that you (or maybe your great-grandchildren) can use it as you wish?

    • (Score: 1) by dry on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:34AM

      by dry (223) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:34AM (#1424) Journal

      What makes you think that anything is going to go into the public domain? They've already done the opposite and rolled out longer limits and public domain stuff has re-entered copyright.
      These people really believe that IP is property and theirs forever.

      • (Score: 1) by everdred on Tuesday February 18 2014, @03:49PM

        by everdred (110) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @03:49PM (#1662) Journal

        I would direct you to the qualifier with which I opened my comment:

        > Setting aside hash14's point about the ever-increasing term of copyright...

        The point I was making was that even though things may in theory enter the public domain in the future, DRM ensures that a whole lot of stuff people buy won't, even if it legally does.