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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 http://gizmo.do/Kh3iOiQ

How DRM would kill the next Netflix (and how the W3C could save it)

The W3C’s Encrypted Media Extensions system is designed to allow companies to prevent their competitors from making products that work with theirs, even in legal ways. For example, when Netflix started, it put DVDs in envelopes and redistributed them, charging money to let hundreds of people watch a movie that had only been paid for once, even though the studios objected. – Electronic Frontier Foundation via Boing Boing

Netflix Keeps Losing Mainstream Movies, Informs Users They Should Be Ok With That Because Of…

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Netflix also has to walk the minefield of explaining all of this to consumers who just want the latest and greatest content and options and don’t care about the details. For example, Amazon recently announced it would be letting users download content for streaming at a later date (albeit via Amazon’s heavily DRM’d system). That’s an appealing solution for usage-capped customers, but Netflix last week stated it wouldn’t be following suit, claiming that offline downloads would prove too confusing for customers […] Of course that’s crap: letting people store a local copy of a film isn’t remotely complex. What’s complex is explaining to consumers why such functionality would likely cost Netflix significantly more in copyright licensing fees and layers of mandated DRM deployment. – Karl Bode, Techdirt

Matchstick streaming stick delays shipping to get Netflix and faster chips

Matchstick’s Kickstarter backers will have to wait a bit longer to get the Firefox OS-based streaming stick: Matchstick is delaying shipments until August, the company announced Friday. Matchstick wants to use that time to put Digital rights management (DRM) in place — a key requirement to get premium video apps like Netflix — and also update its hardware to a faster chipset.

By embracing DRM, Matchstick does follow in Mozilla’s footprints. The browser maker has only recently begun to implement DRM for its browser in order to not lose out on Netflix as the video service is switching from Flash to HTML5. However, Mozilla’s decision has also been heavily criticized by DRM foes, and some of Matchstick’s backers may feel the same about the company’s decision. – Janko Roettgers, Gigaom

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