HTML sem DRM? Ainda há esperança…

Os representantes das companhias de streaming na W3C não conseguiram terminar o draft das EME (Encrypted Media Extensions) dentro do prazo limite.

Por esse motivo, pediram a Tim Berners-Lee, criador da World Wide Web e o principal decisor em relação a questões sobre os standards Web, para alargar o prazo por mais um ano.

No entanto, para supressa de muitos, Berners-Lee delegou essa decisão ao Advisory Committee da W3C. Esse comité, que inclui entidades diversas – universidades, empresas e organizações sem fins lucrativos – está altamente dividido em relação a incluir as EME no standard Web. Segundo Zak Rogoff, é bem possível que o alargamento do prazo não seja concedido e que o desenvolvimento das EME seja cancelado.

Se assim for, é uma grande vitória para a sobrevivência da Web como um standard livre.

EME is a proposed technological standard for Web-based DRM, digital handcuffs that video-streaming services use to micromanage users’ access to legitimately obtained media. As Web users asserted while protesting the W3C’s meetings in March and September, 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 to draconian anti-circumvention laws — demonstrates that integrating it into Web standards would be nothing but bad for Web users. EME is predicted to stymie security research, curtail privacy, freedom, and accessibility, and set back the interoperability that is necessary for innovation on the Web.

Berners-Lee has, until now, given EME his stamp of approval every time the W3C process required it. His choice to cede decision-making to a divided Advisory Committee suggests that the protests, articles, and signatures mobilized by the Internet freedom community are finally getting through to him.

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Fotografia: Sir Tim Berners-Lee no Web We Want Fest (2014), Southbank Centre