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DRM in HTML5 : not ready for prime time

DRM in HTML5 : not ready for prime time | digitalassetman | Scoop.it

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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Introducing MetaFragments, a common format for timed metadata in HTML

Introducing MetaFragments, a common format for timed metadata in HTML | digitalassetman | Scoop.it

MetaFragments gives to web tools, mobile apps, browser and search engines a simple way to explore, connect and share the inside content of web videos. The idea behind MetaFragments is to use media fragments URIs and in-HTML meta-data to store timed data relating to audio and videos sequences.


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The future of HTML5 video

The future of HTML5 video | digitalassetman | Scoop.it

HTML5 brings native multimedia to browsers. In ye olde days, video and audio were handed off to third-party plug-ins (which may not be available for every device or operating system). Communication between a browser and a plug-in is limited and therefore the multimedia was very much a black box.

 

Then along came HTML5. All the major browsers support native video and audio (including Internet Explorer), albeit with the need to double-encode your media because IE and Safari support only royalty-encumbered codecs.

 

Suddenly, video can be styled with CSS – you can overlay semi-transparent videos over each other, set borders and background images, rotate them on hover with transitions and transforms and all kinds of other wonders.


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