Hollywood is at it again. Its latest ploy to take over the Web? Use its influence at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to weave Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) into HTML5 — in other words, into the very fabric of the Web. Millions of Internet users came together to defeat SOPA/PIPA, but now Big Media moguls are going through non-governmental channels to try to sneak digital restrictions into every interaction we have online. Giants like Netflix, Google, Microsoft, and the BBC are all rallying behind this disastrous proposal, which flies in the face of the W3C's mission to "lead the World Wide Web to its full potential."
Some have mistakenly thought this proposal would finally end the use of proprietary browser plugins like Silverlight and Flash. In reality, this would only make it easier for companies to achieve the same purpose via hooks in HTML itself. The difference would only be on paper; in practice, users would experience the very same unethical restrictions, platform incompatibilities, and device limitations as with proprietary browser plugins.
The W3C can't stop companies from trying to use DRM on the Web, but it can certainly withhold its endorsement and make it clear that it won't help them do their dirty work.
Please take action:
- Tell the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and its member organizations not to embrace a proposal that undermines the very purpose of the HTML standard upon which the Web is built -- freedom. Sign the petition rejecting the Hollyweb here: http://www.defectivebydesign.org/no-drm-in-html5
- Build momentum: use this page to share the petition far and wide: https://www.fsf.org/share?u=http://www.defectivebydesign.org/no-drm-in-html5&t=Stop%20the%20Hollyweb
- If you have a website, paste in this code to embed our Hollyweb image as a link to the petition:
<a href="http://www.defectivebydesign.org/no-drm-in-html5"><img src="https://static.fsf.org/dbd/hollywebshare.jpeg" alt="Stop the Hollyweb! No DRM in HTML5."/></a>
If you want to learn more about the myths around this issue, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has an excellent write-up which covers all of the misleading discussion around the proposal and how, no matter what platform or browser you use, this puts the Web as we know it at stake. Read it here: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/03/defend-open-web-keep-drm-out-w3c-standards.