Free Culture Foundation explore arguments for and against DRM in HTML5
April 25, 2013 3:39 AM Subscribe
The three most pervasive arguments for DRM in HTML debunked by Freeculture.org " A handful of myths have become common defenses of the W3C’s plan for “Encrypted Media Extensions” (EME), a Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) scheme for HTML5, the next version of the markup language upon which the Web is built."
The entire article is quite short, and worth a read but see the extended description for a TL:DR summary -
DRM doesn’t work; that it exists to protect creators, but since it is easily cracked and can be worked around, it is largely ineffective and irrelevant
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.
DRM in HTML5 is a necessary compromise to finally bring an end to the proliferation of proprietary, platform-specific browser plugins such as Adobe Flash Player and Micrisoft Silverlight
DRM in HTML5 doesn’t obviate proprietary, platform-specific browser plug-ins; it encourages them.
The web needs DRM in HTML5 in order for Hollywood and other media giants to finally start giving the Web priority over delivering media over traditional means
The Web doesn’t need big media; big media needs the Web.