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

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:00:59 -0500
Message-ID: <4F4E3DAB.70801@mit.edu>
To: public-html@w3.org
On 2/28/12 12:04 PM, Mark Watson wrote:
> I'm just trying to make it easy for
> customers to watch TV shows and movies online, legally, on as many devices and in as convenient a way as possible.

I think that's a shared goal so far; the one additional caveat I would 
have is that in an ideal world a user should be able to do this on a 
device of their choosing, including a device the user built himself (or 
something like OLPC, etc; devices that happen to be produced by someone 
who is not an established player in the device-making space).

Or put another way, we want to avoid creating barriers to entry into the 
device-making space, if we can.  That means avoiding unnecessary 
restrictions on both the hardware and the software of potential new devices.

Again, it's not immediately clear to me how to reconcile that with the 
current licensing regime of TV and movie content, just like it's not 
clear to me how to reconcile that licensing regime with fair use rights....

-Boris
Received on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:01:37 UTC

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