Industry Proposes DRM Like HTML5 Encryption

By | February 24, 2012 | 14 Comments

Industry Proposes DRM Like HTML5 Encryption

People freak out.

Just a few days ago, everyone was a huge fan of the HTML5. Now, it looks like at least a small amount of fans are freaking out over the industry’s DRM like protection proposal.

However, what they fail to realize is the fact that this is a necessary step, which would somewhat protect content providers, who actually spend money to produce such thing.

In case of no DRM like protection, there is literally no reason for big guys like Netflix to switch to HTML5, which would allow users to easily download pretty much everything at no additional cost.

What about “there will always be piracy” argument? Yes, people could still rip it with a cam recorder or employ other techniques. However, there is a difference between locking your doors and having your doors open, while at the same time advertising your brand new plasma screen and $5000 PC.

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  • Shane Bundy

    First we have W3C proposing the idea that every browser should support the -webkit prefix and now this? I’m trying to think of what’s next but I can’t think of anything worse than DRM.

    • apád anyád

      Obligatory installation of the “LetThemTrackMe!” toolbar. Sponsored by Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Hollywood and the FBI.

      • Shane Bundy

        I wonder who will actually go and do that… (shouldn’t be too far out of scope).

        • apád anyád

          Google has already made one for volunteers.

  • Martin Suchan

    Just look how it went with DRM in BluRay/HD DVD. It’s cracked… and they want to DRM-enable HTML5 elements, oh my!

    • Shane Bundy

      It’s a disaster. HTML5 is supposed to be open and yet they’re thinking of DRM-like protection. :S

      • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      I heard you need to update the Blu-ray player. If the manufacturer decides not to support the player then you cannot play new content.

      These guys are begging to be pirated. Why do the legitimate users suffer? 

      • Shane Bundy


  • Guest

    I’m for this – If DRM is added in the HTML 5 then we don’t need any plugin to watch movie online services like Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu , Comcast,…etc

    • Shane Bundy

      That’s not what this is about. DRM will mean content restrictions that are a waste of time, like blocking specific content from being viewed/downloaded in other countries.

      HTML5 is supposed to be plugin-free anyway.

  • adumpaul

    Nice interesting article.DRM added to HTML5 for Encryption.Nice idea.

    • Shane Bundy

      Can’t be a good idea if Apple tried it and hated it for the same reasons as everyone else.

  • inBusteR

    Imagine the users who see DRM content. First reaction; “Cool!, DRM enabled content. There is no ripped on the internet, so I have to pay.” Other reaction; “What!, DRM enabled content!. Company thinks I am a potential thief.”