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ciaran_o_riordan writes: The W3C has announced a new member: the MPAA. Oh. Which makes this a good time to see whatever happened to last Summer's campaign against DRM in HTML5. It's still there. W3C took a lot of criticism, but the plan hasn't changed. DRM ("Encrypted Media Extensions") was still there in the October 2013, and in the January 2014 drafts. Tim Berners-Lee is still defending DRM. For the technical details, there are many good pages. What's at stake? It'd be like Flash or Silverlight websites, but instead of being really hard to make free software viewers/browsers, it'll be almost impossible, not to mention possibly illegal in the many countries which prohibit "bypassing technical protection mechanisms". And our work to get governments to use open standards will end up used against us when free software can't tick all the boxes in a public tender that specifies a "W3C HTML5 based" DRM system. More pressure is needed. One very small act is to sign the no DRM in HTML5 petition. A good debate is: "What's more effective than a petition?" But please sign the petition first, then debate it. It's also worth considering giving to the annual appeal of FSF, the main organisation campaigning against this.
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MPAA joins W3C; bigger anti-DRM push needed

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  • And how exactly are you envisioning to create "open standards" over secret DRM schemes (such as Cinavia)? Is MPAA going to open source it? No? Then why not let them do their own media players? With DRM and all? they don't need HTML to play a movie.
    • > And how exactly are you envisioning to create
      > "open standards" over secret DRM schemes (such as Cinavia)?

      I don't think we disagree, but do you think the issue will be as clear for politicians?

      They'll want DRM, they'll see HTML5 has support for DRM systems, they'll ask for a HTML5-compatible DRM system, and free software won't be able to offer one (one that really works).

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