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Re: Encrypted Media proposal: Summary of the discussion so far

From: Philip Jägenstedt <philipj@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2012 11:04:12 +0100
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, "Christian Kaiser" <kaiserc@google.com>
Cc: "<public-html@w3.org>" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.waqt9avhsr6mfa@kirk>
On Mon, 05 Mar 2012 20:57:23 +0100, Christian Kaiser <kaiserc@google.com>  

> On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 08:48, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>  
> wrote:
>> Engineers are generally unable to come up with innovative approaches
>> when their hands are tied by contracts and anti-circumvention laws.
> True in some cases. They also can't innovate if the barrier to entry is  
> too
> high. Lowering the barrier to entry is one of the IMHO positive side
> effects of the proposal at hand.

If we're talking about innovation within and entry to the browser market,  
this doesn't make sense. The proposal at hand requires a few proprietary  
and/or royalty-encumbered de facto standard CDMs to emerge, which can do  
nothing but *raise* the barriers of entry. Because browsers cannot have  
full control over the CDMs, it will also limit their ability to fix bugs,  
optimize and to innovate -- e.g. one couldn't add brightness/contrast  
controls because the video decoder output is not available.

Philip Jägenstedt
Core Developer
Opera Software
Received on Tuesday, 6 March 2012 10:04:45 UTC

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