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What's Actually Wrong With DRM In HTML5? 447

Posted by Soulskill
from the same-thing-that's-wrong-with-mayonnaise-on-a-hamburger dept.
kxra writes "The Free Culture Foundation has posted a thorough response to the most common and misinformed defenses of the W3C's Extended Media Extensions (EME) proposal to inject DRM into HTML5. They join the EFF and FSF in a call to send a strong message to the W3C that 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.' The FCF counters the three most common myths by unpacking some quotes which explain that 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 doesn't obsolete proprietary, platform-specific browser plug-ins; it encourages them. 3.) the Web doesn't need big media; big media needs the Web." Also: the FSF has announced that a coalition of 27 web freedom organizations have sent a joint letter to the W3C opposing DRM support in HTML5.
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What's Actually Wrong With DRM In HTML5?

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  • by AlphaWolf_HK (692722) on Wednesday April 24, 2013 @05:22PM (#43540661)

    Aside from this being off topic (and annoyingly so) those studies never look at actual wealth, rather they look at money, while those who plaster them all about (like you just did) foolishly use them as an indicator of wealth. Wealth and money are not one in the same.

    That article makes a specific mark against Obama, which you'd figure somebody who is anti-Obama such as myself would support, however I don't because it's a BS statistic that somebody is pulling out of their ass to rally "the cause" against their Emmanuel Goldstein, or rather something equally arbitrary: the dreaded 1%.

    People who are supposedly out to represent the poor also happen to be the worst enemy of the poor. For example, companies like wal-mart actually make the poor wealthier by providing material goods for less money. But those who claim they want to make life easier for the poor also overwhelmingly oppose wal-mart.

  • by Darinbob (1142669) on Wednesday April 24, 2013 @05:22PM (#43540671)

    This is one reason I think HTML5 is just a joke. HTML used to be about presenting information, but in HTM5 it's being turned into an application platform. Sort of like the difference between a Postscript viewer and the latest Adobe Reader.

  • Re:Bias (Score:4, Interesting)

    by spire3661 (1038968) on Wednesday April 24, 2013 @05:33PM (#43540763) Journal
    The problem is that what you describe allows evil to fill in the cracks. If i vote with my wallet and abstain, but 50 other people still buy the Bad Thing, it doesnt mean that Bad Thing is moral or just or should be allowed to prosper. It just means 50 people parted with their money, allowing Bad Thing to grow. There are times when this philosophy breeds True Evil, and that is where capitalism needs to wane and social ideas need to surge.

    * Bad Thing and True Evil are relative terms, set your own goalposts on those.
  • by lgw (121541) on Wednesday April 24, 2013 @05:44PM (#43540849) Journal

    Free free to write all the standard that you want that will be of no interest to consumers - no one will notice, so have fun. Standardizing the presentation of video on the web is the primary gain of HTML5 from the consumer's point of view, and without that it would have been as successful as XHTML.

    And "presentation of video on the web" means DRM. Yes, that blows goats. Doesn't change the truth of it.

  • by makomk (752139) on Wednesday April 24, 2013 @07:25PM (#43541639) Journal

    The CDM isn't necessarily even a plugin; it can be integrated into the browser. So for instance Microsoft could decide that Internet Explorer will have a built-in implementation of their PlayReady DRM as the only CDM it supports and that they won't allow other browsers to use that CDM or other CDM implementations in their browsers, and that'd be entirely compliant with the HTML5 ECE specification. It'd also be entirely non-interoperable with any non-Microsoft browser or platform.

  • by wagnerrp (1305589) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @12:07AM (#43543163)
    The truth is that DRM actually is useful, but not for what most people are misled to believe. DRM is not to prevent piracy. Its long track record of being completely impotent in that regard is plenty argument for that fact. DRM restricts what the honest consumer is allowed to do with their purchased content. That allows the content producer to sell the same content to the consumer repeatedly. That is the ONLY purpose for DRM to exist, and the sooner the public begins to understand that, the sooner the public will refuse to accept DRM, and the sooner DRM will die.

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