EFF, FSF, Creative Commons and many others ask W3C to reject DRM conspiracy

John from the Free Software Foundation sez,

Hollywood is making yet another attempt to lock down the Web. Undeterred by SOPA's failure, Hollywood is conspiring with tech giants like Microsoft, Google, and Netflix to try to influence the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). A proposal currently under consideration at W3C would *build accommodation for Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) into HTML itself.* The W3C's job is to keep the Web working for everyone; building DRM into HTML would be a dramatic departure from the NGO's mission.

Today a coalition, organized by the Free Software Foundation and including EFF and Creative Commons, released a joint letter to the W3C condemning the proposal. The coalition is also asking Web users to send a message to W3C by signing a petition>.

The coalition says, "Ratifying EME would be an abdication of responsibility; it would harm interoperability, enshrine nonfree software in W3C standards and perpetuate oppressive business models. It would fly in the face of the principles that the W3C cites as key to its mission and it would cause an array of serious problems for the billions of people who use the Web."

I wrote about this in detail in the Guardian in March.

Keep DRM out of Web standards -- Reject the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) proposal (Thanks, John!)


  1. Can some independent group get together and create their own web standard, devoted to the ideal that the internet is really for the PEOPLE, not the corporations? I’d download whatever browser followed that standard.

  2. My issue with standardized DRM is that it shifts the onus of support from third party purveyors of DRM onto the browser developers. It’s the difference between Adobe writing a flash player for every browser imaginable and the browser developer having to implement a Flash player from scratch. Adobe has the advantage that they can reuse code, they have an economy of scale they can leverage.

    The result of standardizing DRM will be to drive out the small players who can’t afford to implement DRM.

    1. Slow down there, the article doesn’t give any information on the extent to which “collaboration” has taken place. For all we know, Hollywood is simply sending letters and proposals. Google could very well be rejecting or ignoring it, because you’re right, this doesn’t follow Google’s practice or goals at all.

  3. Up till this week I rented a lot from block buster no more I closed my wallet will never rent again. It will show up in local block buster profit I use to rent every week sometimes twice.

    When I move I will not get any TV service.

    No internet either just my phone and what ever its its wifi sharing.
    lte is good enough for me from now on I will reconsider when google fiber is in my hood.

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