DRM coming to HTML 5 with W3C approval

Oct 4, 2013
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DRM coming to HTML 5 with W3C approval

The music industry, Hollywood movie studios and other companies who create content are always out for more DRM to be added at every turn. These content creators are always concerned with people getting access to their content without paying for it and this fear led to a massive uprising in the amount of DRM we all have to deal with. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced that it's moving forward with plans to add DRM to HTML 5.

Adding DRM to HTML 5 sets the stage to allow browsers to be designed that can ignore user commands to download protected content without authorization. You may be surprised where the idea to add DRM to HTML 5 first came from, the source is Tim Berners-Lee.

We can only wait and see what this move leads to, but speculation suggests that adding DRM to HTML 5 will result in the ability to view source code being restricted. The ability to download images to JavaScript could be no more. I wonder if adding is DRM will mean we are no longer able to save a photo and then share it on Facebook or other social networks.

You also have to wonder if DRM is implemented in HTML 5, since browsers know where you are based on your IP address, if your own browser might be able to turn you in if you download photographs or other content to share on social media. I don't think WC3 will be able to convince most web users that more DRM is the answer to anything.

SOURCE: Boingboing


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