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

From: John Sullivan <johns@fsf.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:41:17 -0400
To: timbl@w3.org
Cc: jeff@w3.org, plh@w3.org, public-html-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <87obd367j6.fsf@myles.home.wjsullivan.net>
Dear Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web Consortium,

Attached please find a joint letter from a coalition of twenty-seven
organizations condemning Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). The letter is
also readable online at

Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) restricts the public's freedom,
even beyond what overzealous copyright law requires. Ratifying EME would
be an abdication of W3C's responsibility; it would harm
interoperability, enshrine nonfree software in W3C standards and
perpetuate oppressive business models. It would fly in the face of the
principles that the W3C cites as key to its mission and it would cause
an array of serious problems for the billions of people who use the Web.

The W3C can't *stop* companies from pushing DRM, but it can join us in
condemning it, and it can refrain from making it easier for companies to
work against the principles of the Web.

We implore the World Wide Web Consortium to reject the Encrypted Media
Extensions proposal.

John Sullivan  
Executive Director  
Free Software Foundation  

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