Ars Technica argues
that Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), a framework that will allow the
delivery of DRM-protected media through the browser, will be good for the
web. “Moreover, a case could be made that EME will make it easier for content distributors to experiment with—and perhaps eventually switch to—DRM-free distribution.
Under the current model, whether it be DRM-capable browser plugins or DRM-capable apps, a content distributor such as Netflix has no reason to experiment with unprotected content. Users of the site’s services are already using a DRM-capable platform, and they’re unlikely to even notice if one or two videos (for example, one of the Netflix-produced broadcasts like House of Cards or the forthcoming Arrested Development episodes) are unprotected. It wouldn’t make a difference to them.”
The Free Software Foundation has a
different take on EME. “We have been fighting EME since 2013, and we will not back off because the W3C presents weak guidance as a fig leaf for DRM-using companies to hide their disrespect for users’ rights. Companies can impose DRM without the W3C; but we should make them do it on their own, so it is seen for what it is—a subversion of the Web’s principles—rather than normalize it or give it endorsement.”