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[Bug 10902] <video> element needs to support some form of DRM solution

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Date: Wed, 06 Oct 2010 15:28:13 +0000
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--- Comment #21 from Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net> 2010-10-06 15:28:13 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #19)
> I should point out that although I think DRM in HTML is undoable on technical
> grounds alone, "major browsers will refuse to implement it" is also a valid
> reason to not spec it.  Even if there are only non-technical reasons for
> refusing to add a feature, they can be definitive anyway, if they're held by
> major browser vendors.  Compare to the requirement for Theora support being
> removed from the spec.  So acting as though ideological opposition to DRM
> doesn't matter, and that this should be purely a technical discussion, is also
> a form of placing your hands over your ears and chanting "lalalalalala".

I can agree that some solid discussion has been provided about the technical
infeasibility of not directly supporting DRM in video. I disagree with the
assertion that "major browsers will refuse to implement it" is a valid reason
to immediately reject the idea. 

HTML is not specific only to "major browsers". Major browsers aren't the only
ones who should be allowed to dictate the course of the web. And I also
question whether the fact that "major browsers will refuse to implement it"
will withstand the test of time if a way is found, and becomes popular, and
browser customers demand such support. 

Ultimately the boss in the end is the customer. Anything else is "lalalalala".

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