Proposed Copy Protection On HTML5 Video Causes Debate

Posted Feb 23, 2012

Mozilla has criticized a proposed web standard that would have DRM for HTML content implemented. The proposal was put forward by Google, Microsoft, and Netflix developers. It is meant to allow companies to add protection to HTML5 streaming audio and video. This is the reason why some content providers have not adopted the technology.

The proposed structure would need to rely on a “content decryption module (CDM)” possibly through hardware or firmware. With this CDM, a company would send a key to decrypt to a portion of HTML.

However Google’s Ian Hickson said that this proposal was unethical and that it did not provide enough content protection to make it worth implementing. Chris Pearce of Mozilla asked how the proposal would affect open source browsers, which could be patched to capture streaming audio and video. Netflix’s Mark Watson said that hardware solutions could some those problems and content could be streamed through a “protected media pipeline.”