The BBC Trust has agreed to meet with open source advocates to discuss the BBC's proprietary, Microsoft-only iPlayer, a DRM-based video player that restricts how British people use the TV they're required by law to pay for. The iPlayer lets Microsoft Windows users in Britain download the BBC's programming for seven days. It enforces the viewing limitation by installing spyware-like code on your system that allows it to lock you out of the video files that the BBC has put on your hard-drive.
This approach is incompatible with free/open source software like the GNU/Linux operating system. This software is intended to be modified by anyone who wants to improve it, and is made as easy-to-tweak as possible. DRM hopes to prevent this kind of thing, because if you can modify DRM, you can change it to turn off the anti-copying stuff. So the BBC is locking Brits into using nothing but propriety software for their video needs -- and they're spending years and millions of pounds to do it, which means that the BBC will be just as locked in as its viewers.
The Trust is supposed to stop the BBC from doing this kind of thing, and it's finally starting to take its job seriously. It's about time.
The development came less than 48 hours after a meeting between the Open Source Consortium and regulators at Ofcom on Tuesday. Officials agreed to press the Trust, the BBC's governing body, to meet the OSC. The consortium received an invitation on Wednesday afternoon.
Open Source Consortium to regulators: Stop the BBC's DRM!
BBC techies talk DRM
BBC recruits Microsoft DRM exec
BBC Trustees agree to let BBC infect Britain with DRM
With the cacophony of an election year ablaze with unparalleled drama being fought on the front lines of Twitter, we find ourselves slowing down and staring at it like a bad accident. The need for escapist relief is perhaps more dire than usual right now. This fall, if it’s drama you crave, but the Hillary […]
Today a future without schools. Instead of gathering students into a room and teaching them, everybody learns on their own time, on tablets and guided by artificial intelligence. Flash Forward: RSS | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook | Web | Patreon | RedditIn this episode we talk to a computer scientist who developed an artificially […]
Where are our petabyte drives? Brian Hayes takes us through the reasons storage is “stuck” in the low terabytes. The tl;dr is that we got such exceptional capacity growth in the late 90s and early 00s we don’t need much more right now, so the focus since then has been on SSDs, networking, interfaces, etc, […]
If you’re like us, you occasionally get ambitious with your dinner and try to cook multiple sides plus a main dish. These efforts usually end as a cold meal plus a pile of dishes to wash. MasterPan Multi-Sectional Meal Skillet makes it super easy to make multiple dishes at once without the hassle. This heavy gauge bottom pan […]
The Lytro Illum is our all-time best-selling camera and here’s our best deal yet. Apply the code “Lytro10” to save an extra 10% off on this camera’s mind-blowing functionality in this exclusive one day only sale.
If you’re looking to earn a top salary in the tech industry, there’s no better career than coding. However, sometimes the hardest part of entering this career path is knowing where to begin.We took the Complete Web Developer Course because it took that decision out of our hands. This course teaches beginner-friendly coding languages that will also help land an immediate […]