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    Well, that is one way to make me to cease looking at the W3C as the voice of reason for HTML standards.

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      The W3C isn’t a voice for anything, it’s a place for competing interests to compromise on standards.

      If you want someone to blame, blame Netflix and the other companies pushing for this. Would Netflix stop using DRM if the W3C had refused to include it in the charter?

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        Would Netflix stop using DRM if the W3C had refused to include it in the charter?

        No, they’d just keep using Silverlight or switch to Flash. AFAIK, Netflix isn’t a big proponent of DRM, it’s all of the license holders of the media that they stream. If Netflix can’t offer DRM, the media companies won’t license movies to them.

        Apple was in a similar situation with its iTunes store. The music companies demanded DRM, so Apple made FairPlay. Once EMI caved and Apple could start selling DRM-free music, the other major companies joined in.

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          Apple was in a similar situation with its iTunes store. […] Once EMI caved and Apple could start selling DRM-free music, the other major companies joined in.

          This was possible because the success of iTunes meant that Apple could apply pressure to the media companies.

          The W3C is doing the best it can with a bad hand. What pressure can it apply to the media companies? It can’t prevent media producers from using DRM (because they’re already doing it with Silverlight and Flash). It can’t prevent browsers from implementing proprietary DRM (as Microsoft already is).

          The choice isn’t EME vs. DRM-free (sadly) – it’s proprietary vs. standard.

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      I don’t quite get the hullabaloo over this. If you don’t want to use DRM, don’t. If the w3c somehow mandated that all content must be DRM, yeah, that’d suck big time, but that’s not happening, and I find it disingenuous when people imply it is.

      Like what is this nonsense about a flag to disable view source? How can you even enforce that with an open source browser? Are the w3c police gonna raid your house for using a browser that doesn’t conform to the standard?

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        Are the w3c police gonna raid your house for using a browser that doesn’t conform to the standard?

        If they do, we will have ample time to to prepare for it! It will take them ~4 years to decide how to implement the raid!