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Internet & Networking "Bruce Lawson started a very interesting discussion about the Encrypted Media Extensions to HTML a few months ago, with learned and interesting commentary from John Foliot and others. After devoting some thought to this, I believe that the amount of argument around this subject is at least partially caused by its separation of the web from the spirit of the web."
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Hot air.
by westlake on Sun 9th Jun 2013 19:44 UTC
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I tend to choke on notions like "the spirit of the web."

The web is ultimately defined by its users ---

and users are spending much of their time and money on licensed and content protected media services. Amazon. Netflix. Pandora and all the rest.

In an app-oriented world, it becomes easy and plausible to do all your shopping within the Amazon environment. Easy and plausible to keep adding more products and services to the Amazon app to keep users within that environment.

I would much rather see more -- many more -- web sites offering high-quality protected content then the slow death of the web itself as users migrate to the apps and devices which deliver the media content they want and are willing to pay for.

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