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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: 1) by mcgrew on Tuesday February 18 2014, @04:30PM

    by mcgrew (701) <> on Tuesday February 18 2014, @04:30PM (#1685) Homepage Journal

    we already have drm

    We? Speak for yourself, I refuse all DRM. I used VCRs until deCSS came along (cracked DRM is hardly DRM), still have no Blu-Ray player because I REFUSE TO BUY ANYTHING DRM. Period.

    YOU have DRM. WE don't.

  • (Score: 0) by crutchy on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:56PM

    by crutchy (179) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:56PM (#1903) Homepage Journal

    "we"... meaning anyone with an ipod, ipad, iphone, etc that use itunes, and people who have blueray, etc.
    if you really think the number of people who deal with drm doesn't constitute "we" then you need to get out more.
    if you don't use anything drm, that's fine. if you think you'll never have to... well you're saying that you'll eventually never download any copyright content. if you're an old fart i wouldn't be surprised if you also said once that you'll never visit a website with advertising on it.

    • (Score: 1) by mcgrew on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:36AM

      by mcgrew (701) <> on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:36AM (#2073) Homepage Journal

      I am not part of your "we" and I posit that there are probably quite a few others here who also don't fit your "we". And I don't use iTunes but aren't the MP3s unencumbered with DRM?