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[liberationtech] WC3 and DRM

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at
Tue Jul 16 20:18:06 PDT 2013

On 07/16/2013 10:15 AM, Nick Daly wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 1:04 AM, Jonathan Wilkes <jancsika at> wrote:
>> On 07/15/2013 11:45 PM, Catherine Roy wrote:
>>> As a member of the HTML working group and the Restricted Media community
>>> group, my experience is that discussions within these groups surrounding the
>>> EME draft have been extremely frustrating.  The same scenario as with Jeff
>>> Jaffe's blog post has happened there. The whole thing has been rather unreal
>>> and this recent post[1] from a Restricted Media mailing list member sums up
>>> my feelings about how futile the whole exercice has been.
>>> [1]
>> It seems like there are two fronts-- one, which you address by jettisoning
>> EME in freedomhtml, and another which is to keep member organizations from
>> standardizing software/hardware on EME.  Is there any way for the current
>> members of all the working groups to put pressure on the WC3?
> Is there any point to messaging the draft's editors directly?
> If you delivered a thousand copies of the Hollyweb petition a day, you
> could do it for nearly a month before running out of individual
> signers [2].  That'd be nearly 75k letters between all 3 drafters.

The three draft editors aren't elected officials; one of them works for
the W3C member organization that would probably reap the most benefits
from hooks for DRM standardized across the web.  I doubt any
amount of emails to an employee of that company is going to convince
the company to stop developing the cheapest way for them to sustain
their current business model.

Have all the invited experts and member organizations who do not have a
vested interest in EME organized their opposition in any way?  I'm talking
across all working groups.  The actual staff of W3C is quite small, so if
there actually is significant overall opposition by the people who do the
standardization work they would have quite a bit of leverage.


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