Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Aug 2010 18:49 UTC
Internet & Networking Not too long ago Adobe started a "We love Apple" campaign, as a response to Apple's continuous negative remarks about the company. With Flash 10.1 slowly but surely appearing on more and more mobile devices, it seems like the company just doesn't care about it any more. Adobe's CEO Shantanu Narayen has said they've "moved on".
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nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26

(I wouldn't be surprised if this can already be done with existing Flash player software via screen-scraping software, but I haven't investigated whether anyone has attempted to so so).


There is screen capturing software for video but it is expensive and requires a high-end machine. The plug-ins for Flash that exist only work with unprotected video. An open source flash would allow a 'make local copy' checkbox which would encourage casual piracy.

The other problem is that you could re-write the player to detect advertisements or stream and remove them.

Now of course you can argue that content producers should just ignore all this and release naked video anyways but that isn't a compelling argument when Flash has a 97% install base. You need to provide a technical advantage or increased market size for the producers. That's the big problem with HTML5. It not only has a smaller install base but the technical advantages are really for the users. Even Silverlight has technical advantages for both sides but still can't compete with the install base of Flash.

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