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Re: Keep DRM out of Web standards -- Reject the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) proposal

From: Dr. Olaf Hoffmann <Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:06:09 +0100
To: public-html-comments@w3.org
Message-Id: <201306131106.09960.Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>
Arthur Clifford:

>Shouldn't there be some degree of markup for the specification of digital 
>rights for a chunk of a content?
>
>Wouldn't inclusion of drm markup from content acquired from other parties 
>allow for giving credit where credit is due?
>
>Markup would aknowledge digital rights and state digital righs or preferences 
>for any given content.  If there was such markup would these tags be 
>displayed, or displayed as part of tooltip data? Or would it be invisible 
>metadata like tagging that could be made visible via css?

You can simply use RDF, Dublin Core Elements/Terms, Creative Commons
etc and XHTML+RDFa (newest recommendation of (X)HTML currently)
to markup these things.
For example this is often used to markup metadata within
SVG document - with an alternative text view this should be
visible directly or with a look into the source code.
With XHTML+RDFa you can indicate directly the normal
content of a document to contain such metadata about the
work. Of course, with XHTML+RDF(a)  and CSS you can style
or present such information as you like.

Therefore there is no need for yet another method to indicate
rights and licenses of a digital work - there are already recommended
ways to do this, which cause no problems for accessibility.
Because it is only additional text information, that does not restrict
the access to the content technically, there is no problem
with deceased license servers, techniques not available without
internet connection or for arbitrary operating systems, or changed
licence conditions (because the author is dead already more than
70 year at the time, a reader wants to have free access to such
a digital work) etc as typical DRM methods currently have.
If the content is not accessible for the reader, the media should
be considered damaged, not protected or managed.

Olaf
Received on Thursday, 13 June 2013 09:14:30 UTC

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