johnsu01 writes: The W3C's job is to keep the Web working for everyone and ensure interoperability, right? Not according to Microsoft, Google, Netflix, and their partners in the entertainment industry. These DRM-enamored companies are pushing EME, a proposal asking the W3C to build accommodation for DRM into HTML itself. Unfortunately, DRM isn't exactly known for enhancing user freedom or ensuring interoperability, and experts (like HTML Working Group member Manu Sporny) are saying that EME poses serious risks for the Web.
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."
johnsu01 writes: "On June 29, Richard Stallman announced the release of the GNU General Public
License version 3 to the world from the Free Software Foundation office in
Boston, Massachusetts. His "ribbon-cutting" announcement was also a succinct
wrap-up of the 18-month drafting process, summarizing the changes that were
made and the reasoning behind them. Since the release, many people have been
looking for a straightforward explanation of what they need to know. This a
good place to start. The
transcript and Ogg Theora
have just been posted. A
is also available."
johnsu01 writes: "The Free Software Foundation has announced publication
of the third discussion draft of the
GNU General Public License Version 3. Because quite a few changes have been
made since the previous draft and important new issues have surfaced, the
drafting process has been extended and revised to
encourage more feedback. The most
significant changes in this draft
include refinements in the "tivoization" provisions to eliminate unwanted side
effects, revision of the patent provisions to prevent end-runs around the
license, and further steps toward compatibility with other free software
licenses. The FSF has also explicitly asked the community whether the new
patent provisions should apply retroactively to the Microsoft-Novell deal."
johnsu01 writes: "At its March 24 membership meeting, the Free Software Foundation announced the
winners of its two annual free software awards. The Award for the Advancement
of Free Software went to
Ted Ts'o for his contributions to several free software projects, including
the Linux kernel. The Award for Projects of Social Benefit went to Sahana, a
volunteer-created software system for managing large-scale emergency disaster
relief efforts. The Sahana developers
traveled all the way from Sri Lanka to Cambridge, MA, USA to accept the award!"
johnsu01 writes: "The Free Software Foundation has published a
paper called, "The
road to hardware free from restrictions". In the paper, they outline five
major areas where hardware manufacturers can take action to create a mutually
benificial relationship with the free software community: supporting free
software drivers, ending the "Microsoft Tax" on new hardware, removing
proprietary BIOS locks, supporting a free BIOS, and rejecting DRM. Their
release puts the paper in context with Greg Kroah-Hartman's kernel driver
announcement and Dell's recent request for customer feedback about improving
johnsu01 writes: "The Defective By Design campaign
against DRM is reaching beyond the techie world to the general public. "DRM Roll" — the title of a piece in Boston's local rag, The Weekly Dig — describes the campaign's "brilliantly stupid" publicity stunts and its efforts
to "land a haymaker on the media/electronics cartel." Boston-area Slashdot
readers can get the print version, which adds a 3-page color spread with photos
of the HazMat suits. But even without the pictures, the article highlights the
importance of the coming holiday gadget season to the back-and-forth over DRM."