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Re: Widevine, "necessary requirements", "silent monitoring" etc. Re: Encrypted Media proposal

From: Andreas Kuckartz <A.Kuckartz@ping.de>
Date: 3 Mar 2012 10:10:38 +0100
Message-ID: <4F51E00E.7040606@ping.de>
To: "David Dorwin" <ddorwin@google.com>
Cc: "Clarke Stevens" <C.Stevens@cablelabs.com>, "Mark Watson" <watsonm@netflix.com>, "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>, "Henri Sivonen" <hsivonen@iki.fi>, "<public-html@w3.org>" <public-html@w3.org>
On 03.03.2012 00:32, David Dorwin wrote:
> Our plans for HTML5 are not necessarily represented
> by any existing product. We are committed to all Chrome
> platforms, including Linux, Chrome OS, etc.

"not necessarily" is not necessarily the same as "not".

Anyway: adding Widevine to Chrome, Chrome OS (what about Chromium and
Chromium OS?) and Linux would not necessarily improve the situation.

Maybe users of Chrome should ask themselves if such a "silent
monitoring" feature is already running on their computers?
Or they should ask themselves if Google considers to silently add it in
the future during one of the updates?

Why should I trust a company which promotes "silent monitoring" of users
of its own software products?


>>> The page "Prevent Screen and Stream Recording Piracy" is particularly
>>> revealing. If you want to know what the "Encrypted Media proposal"
>>> proposal is really about then read *all* of it:
>>> "Widevine's Digital Copy Protection adds an additional level of
>>> protection against the hundreds of software tools available on the
>>> internet that record content and enable piracy. Known as stream
>>> recorders and screen scrapers, these tools copy content while it¹s in
>>> the clear‹typically after traditional DRM systems have done their job.
>>> Digital Copy Protection monitors, detects and protects content on any
>>> internet connected device, preventing this method of piracy from
>>> This addition level of protection is a necessary requirement for
>>> preserving the revenue streams of content owners, Internet digital
>>> providers and payTV operators.
>>> Here's How It Works:
>>> Content is encrypted, stored and distributed to the user who then
>>> watches it in a browser or video player. During playback, encrypted
>>> content has been decrypted and the video is now vulnerable to piracy
>>> simply by downloading a free software tools such as screen scrapers and
>>> stream recorders which can pirate the video stream to a DRM-free file.
>>> In the background, Widevine¹s digital copy protection solution monitors
>>> for the acceptable usage of content. If a user attempts to use a screen
>>> scraper or other piracy method, Digital Copy Protection will detect
>>> and produce a number of customizable responses from silent monitoring
>>> revocation of viewing rights."
>>> http://www.widevine.com/digital_copy_protection.html
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