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Questioning DRM and Encrypted Media Extensions

Questioning DRM and Encrypted Media Extensions

Danny O’Brien from the Electronic Frontier Foundation says:

There is more encryption in the protected pathway that you have built in (without asking) for Hollywood movies to be presented on your screen without you being able to somehow tap them between the computer and the screen…than any of the encryption that actually protects your communications. It’s ridiculous. Encryption has been turned into this thing where the government fights against your right to use it to communicate, and the entertainment and technology industries embed it to prevent you from accessing the content that you have on your computer. It’s insane. And this is a ratchet effect.

This, in a recent panel discussion at MIT about DRM and Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). For a a summary and video, see Joi Ito’s post.

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