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

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2012 10:27:28 -0800
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDAfCqx+aDavUQX6hwb7k7-EqWb_p_wp06G57c9a0q127w@mail.gmail.com>
To: Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com>
Cc: John Simmons <johnsim@microsoft.com>, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, Mark Watson <watsonm@netflix.com>, Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>, "<public-html@w3.org>" <public-html@w3.org>
On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 9:42 AM, Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 9:56 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com> wrote:
>> As argued multiple times, it would be a disservice to the web platform
>> as a whole to bake closed-source royalty-encumbered technology into
>> HTML.
> And who is proposing doing this? Nobody. Nobody is proposing requiring a
> specific encumbered CDM just as nobody is proposing a specific encumbered
> A/V codec. Please stop making claims that are patently untrue.

Sigh.  It's not untrue.  As Mark Watson has admitted, the CDMs that
Netflix *actually expects to be able to use* are closed-source and/or
royalty-encumbered.  I expect other video distributors to be similar.

Unless you have evidence that a sufficiently large marketshare of
video distributors are actually planning to use an open-source
royalty-free CDM like ClearKey, we must treat the CDM section of the
spec as being poisonous.

Received on Monday, 5 March 2012 18:28:16 UTC

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