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Title    W3C Considers DRM in HTML Standard
Date    Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:30AM
Author    mattie_p
Topic   
from the if-you-can't-beat-'em dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=14/02/17/2244238

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."

Links

  1. "Encrypted Media Extensions (EME)" - https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/html-media/raw-file/tip/encrypted-media/encrypted-media.html
  2. "he said" - http://www.w3.org/blog/2013/10/on-encrypted-video-and-the-open-web/
  3. "objected" - https://www.eff.org/press/releases/eff-makes-formal-objection-drm-html5
  4. "pointed out" - https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/10/lowering-your-standards
  5. "discussion" - http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-restrictedmedia/2014Jan/0087.html

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