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posted by chromas on Wednesday September 19 2018, @02:20PM   Printer-friendly
from the is-anyone-using-it? dept.

Molly de Blanc writes at that it has been one year since the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) sold out. It was then they, including Tim Berners-Lee himself, decided to incorporate Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) into web standards signalling an end to the open Web. She covers how it happened, what has transpired during the last year in regards to EME, and what steps can be taken.

Digital Restrictions Management exists all over the world in all sorts of technologies. In addition to media files, like music and film, we can find DRM on the Web and enshrined in Web standards. As a Web standard, its use is recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), making it not only easier, but expected for all media files on the Web to be locked down with DRM.

It's been a year since the the W3C voted to bring Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) into Web standards. They claimed to want to "lead the Web to its full potential," but in a secret vote, members of the W3C, with the blessing of Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, agreed to put "the copyright industry in control" of media access. The enshrinement of EME as an official recommendation is not how we envision the "full potential" of the Web at the Free Software Foundation (FSF).

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by ikanreed on Wednesday September 19 2018, @04:00PM (1 child)

    by ikanreed (3164) on Wednesday September 19 2018, @04:00PM (#737080) Journal

    And really, the only solution is the death of google, facebook, amazon, twitter, reddit, and every other dungheap that just "wraps" the internet's core design in a proprietary, walled-garden cocoon.

    And since that's not gonna happen, the misery will continue forever.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 22 2018, @01:34AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 22 2018, @01:34AM (#738439)

    WTF are you complaining about in terms of twitter and reddit? Both have APIs. Reddit doesn't require an account to read for even its NSFW sections. Both have TBs worth of archives online anyone can download and play around with. They are two of the most open sites online. No one is hosting archives of SoylentNews articles. Here, go download all of Reddit nicely packaged by month: [] How is that a walled garden?