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DRM / copy protection Re: Web and TV Accessibility

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011 09:08:13 +0200
Cc: "public-web-and-tv@w3.org" <public-web-and-tv@w3.org>
To: "silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com" <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>, "Robert Pearson" <robert.pearson@ami.ca>
Message-ID: <op.v1v3fzc5wxe0ny@widsith-3.local>
On Thu, 15 Sep 2011 20:50:33 +0200, Robert Pearson <robert.pearson@ami.ca>
wrote:

> ...  Were there any measures considered that would stop anyone from  
> easily obtaining content from an HTML 5 player for their own usage.

For some definition of considered, bug 10902 was raised...

http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10902

Currently it is set as WONTFIX although it's the sort of bug I expect to
see re-opened one way or another until it is possible to do this other
than by relying on plugins for the entire media stack (which is what
happens today). I'm no huge fan of DRM, but nor of people stealing media
content because it's somehow different from taking the salt cellar from
the restaurant. And while popular content is only released to systems that
have some kind of protection system it seems pretty self-defeating to
deliberately try and keep that out of HTML5.

>  Understanding that copyright metadata would be attached to the file,  
> but that is likely not a concern for someone stealing it.

True - although in many cases it *is* sufficient. A surprising amount can
be achieved with information and goodwill, although it is important to
understand the limits...

cheers

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