- W3c.orgMichael Smith, HTML Working Group staff contact.
Block the W3c potential requirements of DRM vendors into the HTML standard: A mission to block implementation of EME and DRM into the html5 standard
DRM in HTML5 undermines the W3C's self-stated mission to make the benefits of the Web available to all people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability.
1DRM standards look like normal technical standards but turn out to have quite different qualities. They fail to implement their stated intention – protecting media – while dragging in legal mandates that chill the speech of technologists, lock down technology, and violate property rights by seizing control of personal computers from their owners. Accepting EME could lead to other rightsholders demanding the same privileges as Hollywood, leading to a Web where images and pages cannot be saved or searched, ads cannot be blocked, and innovative new browsers cannot compete without explicit permission from big content companies.
The W3C needs to develop a policy regarding DRM and similar proposals, or risk having its own work and the future of the Web become buried in the demands of businesses that would rather it never existed in the first place," said EFF Senior Staff Technologist Seth Schoen. "The EME proposal needs to be seen for what it is: a creation that will shut out open source developers and competition, throw away interoperability, and lock in legacy business models. This is the opposite of the fair use model that gave birth to the Web.
1. Jack Vance. (May 29th, 2013).EFF Makes Formal Objection to DRM in HTML5. http://www.eff.org/press/releases/eff-makes-formal-objection-drm-html5
- Michael Smith, HTML Working Group staff contact.
As I am sure you know the implementation of DRM systems into html5 has brought up many discussions about the future of the internet. This technology often restricts individuals from doing things that are perfectly legal, so we might not be able to put together a mix of music files we bought legally, or to lend an e-book to a friend. Even backups can be restricted. Restrictions management technology removes basic rights and freedoms in the digital world. All DRM systems have one thing in common: They give businesses control over things that we, the owners, should be in control of. For example, businesses decide how often we can play the movies we we paid for and what kind of files we can read on our e-book reader.
In addition, implementing DRM systems into html5 directly violates one of the W3c's missions which states, "to make the benefits of the Web available to all people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability."
I encourage you to think about the following 3 points made by the FCF ( Free Culture Foundation) while deciding on the issue
1. DRM is not about protecting copyright. That is a straw man. DRM is about limiting the functionality of devices and selling features back in the form of services.
2. DRM in HTML5 does not obsolete proprietary, platform-specific browser plug-ins; it encourages them
3. The Web doesn't need big media; big media needs the Web."
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