Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th May 2014 21:10 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

Despite our dislike of DRM, we have come to believe Firefox needs to provide a mechanism for people to watch DRM-controlled content. We will do so in a way that protects the interests of individual users as much as possible, given what the rest of the industry has already put into place. We have selected Adobe to provide the key functionality. Adobe has been doing this in Flash for some time, and Adobe has been building the necessary relationships with the content owners. We believe that Adobe is uniquely able to bring new value to the setting.

Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. Don't include DRM, and see your userbase erode further. Do include DRM, and you go against your organisation's core values. If you go for the former, and your userbase erodes, you run the risk of not being able to express your core values at all.

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It's H.264 all over again.
by westlake on Thu 15th May 2014 17:45 UTC
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It wastes time to argue that a copyrighted work loses protection because it was encrypted for transmission to the legitimate customers of a digital download, rental or subscription service.

Legal issues of that sort have been hashed out in court beginning with the invention of the telegraph and were pretty much settled with the commercialization of radio in the 1920s.

Disney posted Let It Go in HD to YouTube on December 6th of last year. 3.28 seconds 226 million views. Best guess for all things Frozen on YouTube, 500-550 million views.

Firefox lives and dies by the add click. It can't toss off a billion page views globally, which is, realistically, what licensed content from Disney can give you.

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