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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: 2) by Arik on Thursday September 20 2018, @03:37AM (1 child)

    by Arik (4543) on Thursday September 20 2018, @03:37AM (#737374) Journal
    I've tried that extension several times in the past, but not recently as I've no interest in coming within smelling distance of the newer versions of FF. As I recall, yes, it worked fairly well *on youtube* as long as you kept it up to date, and didn't mind waiting for an update now and then.

    However I was looking for something more generic.

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  • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 20 2018, @04:48AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 20 2018, @04:48AM (#737388)

    I've tried that extension several times in the past, but not recently as I've no interest in coming within smelling distance of the newer versions of FF.

    It's not an extension. It is not an addon. It has nothing to do with Firefox.

    https://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/ [github.io]

    It is powerful. It can be used with mpv, smplayer, and so on. It's cross platform, it's open source.

    AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FIREFOX.