The Fight Over DRM Standards for Streaming Video Is Over and Big Business Won

DRM is usually managed by plugins like Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight, but World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)’s recommendations make it possible for DRM to be managed by browsers. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other organizations wanted browsers that adopt the standard to agree to protect security researchers and not pursue them under the DMCA, but W3C didn’t make that part of the standard—pissing off a bunch of security professionals and open web advocates. It feels cynical and hypocritical for an organization founded on principles of openness to cave to the constraints of DRM and not stick up for researchers and users. – Kate Conger, Gizmodo