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Submission + - Coalition of 27 Web freedom orgs releases joint letter opposing "Hollyweb" (fsf.org)

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.

Now a coalition, organized by the Free Software Foundation and including EFF and Creative Commons, has released a joint letter to the W3C condemning the EME proposal. The letter also asks principled Web users to support them by signing a petition against DRM in HTML at http://www.defectivebydesign.org/no-drm-in-html5.

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."

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