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[liberationtech] WC3 and DRM

Guido Witmond guido at
Fri Jul 26 03:10:33 PDT 2013

On 25-07-13 19:14, Jonathan Wilkes wrote:
> On 07/25/2013 07:14 AM, Mitar wrote:
>> Hi!
>> Some very good arguments *for* DRM on the web:

On the first pages,the author makes this point:

"The web is good at making information free". Which he contradict in the
next sentence: "So the web has had to rely largely on an advertising

I don't agree that the web is making information free. The advertising
industry is extracting rent in the form of monetized eyeballs.

Part of the advertising revenue is used to pay for the servers and
administrators of the content-platforms. Other part of the revenue is
profits of the ad-industry and lost. I don't get 'free' content for that.

The problem with the web is that is favours a central distribution model
and forgoes geographical caching. For example, if I read an interesting
blog and send to URL to a friend in the same room, the data that forms
the blog has to travel all the way from the original site - over all the
same paths - a second time for my friend. Just so he can have an
identical copy.

He gets an identical copy of the important bits that mattered: the blog.
He might get different bits that don't matter, the advertisements.

If we had an easy way for me to transmit the blog to my friend, the
important bits would have an almost zero cost of transport while the
unimportant bits need the expensive path. Here the waste of
advertisement is showing.

In technical terms, my computer/tablet/phone could cache the data in a
way that my friend could retrieve. Transparent to all parties involved.

This was the dream of many caching schemes. There were many reasons it
failed. I would like to see a revival of those schemes.

The W3C can lock down their version of the centralised net. I pursue the
old dream of efficient distribution. It might work miracles on mesh
networks, leaving no trails of me giving my friend a copy.

Regards, Guido.

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