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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: 0) by crutchy on Tuesday February 18 2014, @09:06PM

    by crutchy (179) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @09:06PM (#1913) Homepage Journal

    i'm not pushing anything. i wish drm would die a painful death. unfortunately in reality it won't.
    you may be able to get away without drm at the moment... but eventually it will infiltrate a lot more copyright content.
    i'd prefer a web future directed by the w3c rather than companies like microsoft, and i'm sure many others would too (especially those that remember ie6)

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  • (Score: 1) by mcgrew on Tuesday February 18 2014, @11:56PM

    by mcgrew (701) <> on Tuesday February 18 2014, @11:56PM (#2033) Homepage Journal

    The more content is infested with DRM the less I'll buy and the more I'll pirate. If the cartels would stop abusing their paying customers piracy would decrease.

    Don't roll over!

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