The World Wide Web Consortium, the decades old champion of the open Web, let down many of its biggest supporters when it decided to cater to Hollywood by standardizing DRM as part of the spec for HTML5.
This week, the W3C is meeting in Cambridge, Mass, where my Electronic Frontier Foundation colleague Danny O'Brien has gone to agitate for a non-aggression covenant that would prohibit W3C members from using the DMCA to go after security researchers and implementers who break the DRM they're standardizing.
The Free Software Foundation rallied a group of Web users who protested the meeting, while the MIT Media Lab hosted a discussion of the W3C's actions with Joi Ito, Richard Stallman, Danny O'Brien and Harry Halpin.
The W3C's meeting continues today.
"I was just on the fourth floor of the building we were just in, where I was drinking nice glasses of red wine with the representatives of Comcast, MovieLabs, and Netflix,” O’Brien said, speaking through a bullhorn. “And it was great to be able to stop the discussion we were having, and to say that I had to go talk to the dozens and dozens of people down there who disagree with everything they’re saying.”
As the protesters bear down on the Microsoft building, they launch into a chant that riffs on the UNIX command to delete a file: “RM DRM! RM DRM!”
Suddenly, Stallman strides to the front of the marching column to confer with Rogoff.
“Richard Stallman just pointed out that Windows users probably won’t understand that chant,” Rogoff says, his voice distorted by the the bullhorn.
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Scenes From Anti-DRM Protest Outside W3C
An excellent excerpt from Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz’s The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy on Motherboard explains how Section 1201 of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act — which bans tampering with or bypassing DRM, even for legal reasons — has allowed corporations to design their products so that using […]
Securelist’s report on the security vulnerabilities in Android-based “connected cars” describes how custom Android apps could be used to find out where the car is, follow it around, unlock its doors, start its engine, and drive it away.
Motherboard says a source told them that “an Apple representative, staffer, or lobbyist will testify” against the state’s Right to Repair bill, which requires companies to make it easy for their customers to choose from a variety of repair options, from official channels to third parties to DIY.
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