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[Engadget] Google, Microsoft and Netflix want DRM-like encryption in HTML5

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HTML5 is supposed to set the web free. Free to deliver and shape online media in any web browser. However, several of the standard's greatest champions want to be able to restrict the use of audio and video tags through encrypted media extensions. A draft proposal has been submitted by Google, Microsoft, and Netflix to the W3C -- the curators of HTML5 -- to add encrypted media extensions to the web standard's spec. The proposed system works using a key-based content decryption system controlled by applications, thusly providing the copy protection that so many content owners desire. Naturally, the proposal specifically states that "no DRM is added to the HTML5 specification" if it's adopted, but letting apps lock up audio and video content sure sounds like digital rights management to us. However, there's already some discord amongst the W3C's members as to whether the proposal will work as promised, so its addition to HTML5 is far from assured. You can read the full proposal at the source below, and check out the more coverage links for some added perspective.

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All I can say is, this is completely unethical!
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More DRM....when will companies learn that all this is going to do is piss off the people who are actively trying to hurt them, giving them all the more reason to try to hurt them more. I do not condone groups like lulsec (or whatever they are called) or Anonymous, but things like this are what really get them riled up.

And in the end, the end-user is the one that gets screwed.
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A list of incoming products I will not use. mad.gif
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So they basically want it so you can't record straight out of the browser window or right click and save. I think there are other ways to record video off your screen anyway that will completely avoid this.
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sad very sad!just what competition of html5 was hoping!html5 was already slower then java and flash!encryption on video ?on sound it wouldnt be a biggy but on video lol?why bother just encrypt sound from a video or music and you are sure nobody will copy and paste movie!what i dont get is why bother!people go buy blue ray and dvd because they can know in advance if they like the movie!if they didnt have this they would stop consuming a lot of shady previewed video!so instead of gaining customer they will lose costumer!they should ask for mandatory lowered quality with the encryption techno!havent baught your copy of the hobit?no problem you dont have access to the 5000 resolution,48 hertz 3 d version,you have access to the 240 p version viewable on anything!this way they kill the priate industry and nobody will bother to go film it since it is avail on the web in 240p (basing my idea on a 1920x1080 screen you scale this lower for mobile format like phone ideapad etc!this way nobody ever get a good quality movie ever(just like when we used airwave to get tv!but it still prevent pirate from wanting to go out of their way to get the video iligally cause lower version is avail online for free.true it would look awfull in fullscreen and small window but this is the idea .to let people view it for free yes but be penalise in quality and also put lot of ads .so this way even if people dont buy it the big one still get monetised.so it is a win win .oh there still would be pirate but i bet it would lower pirate by 60%
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So they basically want it so you can't record straight out of the browser window or right click and save. I think there are other ways to record video off your screen anyway that will completely avoid this.

Yeah, can't you basically just fraps stuff?
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Yeah, can't you basically just fraps stuff?

Lot of other applications do it as well. So I am not seeing the point...though I suppose it would be enough to stop the average youtube viewer
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I'm not sure why people are terribly bothered by this, it's drm for streaming media right? It's nothing at all like 5 install limits we saw in games a few years back.
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I'm not sure why people are terribly bothered by this, it's drm for streaming media right? It's nothing at all like 5 install limits we saw in games a few years back.

If its streaming media...they can just stream it again. The only people that I can see with an even semi-legitimate argument against it are people with low bandwidth caps that want to view some thing again without steaming it...and I don't know if that is even legal to argue for. As for the rest of the people in the world...we would just stream it again if we want to see it a second time. I don't think any one should be bothered by it, but I am sure there will be some throwing a fit about a few extra packets coming into their machine.
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The era of saving pictures from Google to your hard drive might be over too. I bet this won't just be used for videos.
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