[Discussioni] Fwd: Defective by Design to continue opposition as DRM moves closer to Web standards

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Gio 7 Lug 2016 00:13:16 CEST

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Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:35:38 -0400
From: "Zak Rogoff, DBD" <info at defectivebydesign.org>
Subject: Defective by Design to continue opposition as DRM moves closer to Web
Reply-to: "Zak Rogoff, DBD" <info at defectivebydesign.org>

*Read online: <https://www.defectivebydesign.org/blog/web_drm_standard_next_phase_dbd_continued_opps>*

Dear DRM-Elimination Crew,

Despite dedicated resistance by tens of thousands of Web users and
civil society groups, Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has allowed
**Encrypted Media Extensions (EME)** to move to the next phase of
development within the **World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)**.

EME ([full text][0]) is a proposed technological standard for
Web-based **[Digital Restrictions Management (DRM)][1]**, digital
handcuffs that video-streaming services use to micromanage users'
access to legitimately obtained media. As Web users asserted while
[protesting the W3C's meeting this March][2], DRM is coercive,
disempowering and insulting to users. It also causes broad collateral
damage to the health of our digital society. DRM's dark history —
from the [Sony rootkit malware][3] to [draconian anti-circumvention
laws][4] — demonstrates that integrating it into Web standards would
be nothing but bad for the Web's users. It is predicted to stymie
security research, curtail privacy, freedom, and accessibility, and
set back the interoperability that is necessary for innovation on the
Web. There is considerable dissent about EME within the W3C — staff
member Harry Halpin has [pledged to resign][5] if it becomes an
official standard.

[0]: https://www.w3.org/TR/encrypted-media
[1]: https://www.defectivebydesign.org/what_is_drm_digital_restrictions_management
[2]: https://www.defectivebydesign.org/from-the-web-to-the-streets-protesting-drm
[3]: https://www.defectivebydesign.org/ten-years-after-sony-rootkit
[4]: https://www.defectivebydesign.org/end-DMCA-anti-circumvention-provisions
[5]: https://www.defectivebydesign.org/blog/w3c_staff_member_pledges_resignation_if_drm_added_web_standards

Defective by Design campaigns manager Zak Rogoff made this statement:

> "The W3C and its director, Tim Berners-Lee, are abdicating their
> responsibility — as stated in their [official design principles][6]
> — to put users first in the design of the Web. We had hoped that
> Berners-Lee would uphold the vision of inclusion and empowerment
> that he articulated in his famous Tweet about the Web: 'This is for
> everyone.'  But by allowing EME to continue, he has given license to
> Netflix, Google and media owners to warp the Web so that it works
> firstly for them.
> We are inspired by the worldwide network of activists who have
> joined us in our struggle for the freedom-respecting Web we
> deserve. Defective by Design will continue to escalate our campaign,
> deploying new and creative forms of resistance until EME is
> stopped."

[6]: https://www.w3.org/TR/html-design-principles/

The EME standardization effort, sponsored by streaming giants like
Google and Netflix, aims to take advantage of the W3C's influence over
Web technology to make it cheaper and more efficient to impose DRM
systems. As of yesterday, the EME proposal is now upgraded from
Working Draft to Candidate Recommendation within the W3C's
process. Under the W3C's rules there are at least three more chances
to pull the plug on EME before it becomes a ratified standard, also
known as a W3C Recommendation.

**W3C member organizations wishing to join the campaign against EME
  are invited to contact Defective by Design at
  <info at defectivebydesign.org>. Concerned individuals can start by
  [signing Defective by Design's petition][7] or [adding a protest
  selfie to the growing gallery][8].**

[7]: https://my.fsf.org/civicrm/profile/create%3Fgid%3D183%26reset%3D1
[8]: https://www.defectivebydesign.org/selfie-against-drm-in-web-standards

Zak Rogoff  
Campaigns Manager  

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