Defective By Design Campaign Against W3C DRM Standard

2013-03-23

Mike Gerwitz

As I had mentioned late last week[0], RMS had mentioned that Defective By Design (DBD) would be campaigning against the introduction of DRM into the W3C HTML5 standards[1]. (Please see my previous mention of this topic[0] for a detailed explanation of the problem and a slew of references for additional information.) Well, this campaign is now live and looking for signatures[2]—50,000 by May 3rd, which is the International Day Against DRM[3]:

Hollywood is at it again. Its latest ploy to take over the Web? Use its influence at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to weave Digital Restrictions Management (DRM)[4] into HTML5 -- in other words, into the very fabric of the Web.
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Help us reach 50,000 signers by May 3rd, 2013, the International Day Against DRM[3]. We will deliver the signatures to the W3C (they are right down the street from us!) and make your voice heard.[1]

To summarize the issue as stated by the EFF:
W3C is there to create comprehensible, publicly-implementable standards that will guarantee interoperability, not to facilitate an explosion of new mutually-incompatible software and of sites and services that can only be accessed by particular devices or applications. But EME is a proposal to bring exactly that dysfunctional dynamic into HTML5, even risking a return to the "bad old days, before the Web"[5] of deliberately limited interoperability.

it would be a terrible mistake for the Web community to leave the door open for Hollywood's gangrenous anti-technology culture to infect W3C standards.[1]

So please—sign the petition now[2]!

[0] http://mikegerwitz.com/2013/03/HTML5-DRM

[1] https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/03/defend-open-web-keep-drm-out-w3c-standards

[2] http://www.defectivebydesign.org/no-drm-in-html5

[3] http://www.defectivebydesign.org/dayagainstdrm

[4] http://www.defectivebydesign.org/what_is_drm

[5] http://www.anybrowser.org/campaign/index.html