Christian Engström, Pirat

17 april 2013

Stop DRM in HTML5

Filed under: English,informationspolitik — Christian Engström @ 9:54


I just signed the following petition at

We call on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and its member organizations to reject the Encrypted Media Extensions proposal (EME), which would incorporate support for Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) into HTML.

EME would be an irreversible step backward for freedom on the Web. It would endorse and enable business models that unethically restrict users, and it would make subjugation to particular media companies a precondition for full Web citizenship. Just as Flash and Silverlight are finally dying off, we should not replace them with the media giants’ latest control fantasy.

Furthermore, EME contradicts the W3C’s core values. It would hamper interoperability by encouraging the proliferation of DRM plugins. It would fly in the face of the W3C’s principle of keeping the Web royalty-free — this is simply a back door for media companies to require proprietary player software. It is willful ignorance to pretend otherwise just because the proposal does not mention particular technologies or DRM schemes by name.

W3C and member organizations: don’t weave DRM into the fabric of the Web.

Read more and sign the petition at

6 kommentarer

  1. If EME go through, the web as we know it will cease to exist and another technology will come in it’s place. The Internet will route past EME and a flawed Web, simply put.

    Still, petition signed, because that kind of rerouting would still mean a lot of hassle and unnecessary extra work.

    Kommentar av Per "wertigon" Ekström — 17 april 2013 @ 12:01

  2. They have a way for organizations to sign too. Could you get the European Parliament to do that? (Or one of its committees?)

    Kommentar av von — 17 april 2013 @ 12:03

  3. Reblogged this on Urbansundstrom’s Weblog.

    Kommentar av urbansundstrom — 17 april 2013 @ 19:45

  4. I really don’t understand the implications of this.
    Could someone give me the short version of what exactly the proposal is trying to do?

    Kommentar av AsD — 18 april 2013 @ 20:58

  5. @AsD,

    Electronic Frontier Foundation has an explanation here:

    Kommentar av Christian Engström — 18 april 2013 @ 21:04

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