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Re: Encrypted Media proposal (was RE: ISSUE-179: av_param - Chairs Solicit Alternate Proposals or Counter-Proposals)

From: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:08:33 +0000
Message-ID: <CAEhSh3cCSW+KQETU_C7SYqUzLksyjQg+9DLtkq-jj3i7CLuV-g@mail.gmail.com>
To: Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com>
Cc: HTML WG LIST <public-html@w3.org>, Craig Smithpeters <Craig.Smithpeters@cox.com>
On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:31 PM, Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com> wrote:
> The purpose of DRM/CP is to provide a
> mechanism to ensure that access to content is authorized, and not whether or
> not it is "accessible" in the sense of supporting impaired users.

Regardless as to whether Ian's ethical analogy between access to
people with disabilities and fair use is valid, it's worth remembering
that DRM often goes hand-in-hand with a reduction in real-world
accessibility. Please see for example:

    * http://www.ala.org/ala//aboutala/offices/oitp/emailtutorials/accessibilitya/10.cfm
    * http://nfb.org/librarian-congress-says-blind-have-right-access-e-books
    * http://joeclark.org/access/resources/DRM.html

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Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
Received on Sunday, 26 February 2012 17:09:22 UTC

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