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DRM in HTML5 : not ready for prime time

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A few days ago, a new proposal was put forward in the HTML Working Group (HTML WG) by Microsoft, Netflix, and Google to take DRM in HTML5 to the next stage of standardization at W3C. This triggered another uproar about the morality and ethics behind DRM and building it into the Web. There are good arguments about morality/ethics on both sides of the debate but ultimately, the HTML WG will decide whether or not to pursue the specification based on technical merit. I am a member of the HTML WG. I was also the founder of a start-up that focused on building a legal, peer-to-peer, content distribution network for music and movies. It employed DRM much like the current DRM in HTML5 proposal. During the course of 8 years of technical development, we had talks with many of the major record labels. I have first-hand knowledge of the problem, and building a technical solution to address the problem.


The Encrypted Media Extensions (DRM in HTML5) specification does not solve the problem the authors are attempting to solve, which is the protection of content from opportunistic or professional piracy. The HTML WG should not publish First Public Working Drafts that do not effectively address the primary goal of a specification.

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About Halina from Poland

Professional curriculum vitae (CV) M.A. Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan E-mail Education - University of Wroclaw Poland, Philology, Linguistics Jul 1974 M.A. thesis Efficiency of Polish Phonological Systems, the work was written under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hab. Jerzy Woronczak. Effectiveness Of Polish Phonological And Phonemic System: evaluation of the Excellent. In 1979 I started PhD dissertation on; Theoretical ground rules of the stages of effective communication. I had not finished my project. In July 1994 - Exam FCE British Consul; In June 1995 diploma of Polish-American Postgraduate Study of Communication in Organization and Management, organized by the University, Wroclaw Polytechnics , University of Wroclaw and the Central Connecticut State University. I am a teacher from Poland. I teach Polish as a second language and English. I also run lectures in English on Polish History and Culture for students from all over the world. I have been working at Wroclaw University of Technology since 1976. Now I am learning how to teach using new technologies and I am looking for some inspiration.

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