Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Web Restriction Threat

Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) is threatening the freedom of the Web as we know it. Stop the Hollyweb! No DRM in HTML5.

Today, this urgent message was sent by The Free Software Foundation:

"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) into HTML5 — in other words, into the very fabric of the Web. Millions of Internet users came together to defeat SOPA/PIPA, but now Big Media moguls are going through non-governmental channels to try to sneak digital restrictions into every interaction we have online."

"Giants like Netflix, Google, Microsoft, and the BBC are all rallying behind this disastrous proposal, which flies in the face of the W3C's mission to "lead the World Wide Web to its full potential."

I agree with FSF. This is a potential threat to the freedom we love in the web. Help prevent the Internet becoming the Hollyweb.

Inevitably, myths have grown up around this issue. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has an excellent article covering the misleading discussion around the HTML5 proposals and how, no matter what platform or browser you use, this puts the Web as we know it at stake.