17 février 2020

Three years after the W3C approved a DRM standard, it's no longer possible to make a functional indie browser

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Three years after the W3C approved a DRM standard, it's no longer possible to make a functional indie browser
Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing, 2020/01/10
I don't know how much this is overstated and how much is awful truth. However, given everything a browser can do today, I would say that even without being locked out by vendors, it would be very difficult to create a new independent browser (thank goodness for Firefox). Anyhow, the culprit in the present story is the Encrypted Media Extensions, or EME, which is what enables companies like Netflix to offer secure videos. We covered EME in 2017. Though these are proprietary, the W3C agreed to make them a web standard three years ago. More...

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