The EFF point out the likely effects of Adobe introducing DRM to Flash (via Stephen Downes). Oh great. It threatens to criminalise a vast chunk of the entire video mashup culture, and, of course:
DRM doesn’t move additional product. DRM is grief for honest end-users. And there’s no reason to imagine that new DRM systems will stop copyright infringement any more effectively than previous systems.
I’m not happy. Tony Hirst and I had a discussion in the comments to his ‘No More PDF Reader Hell?‘ post about iPaper just the other day, where the annoyingness and intrusiveness of PDF (and in particular, PDF browser plugins) was a given. And just this morning Flash was intruding about wanting to upgrade itself on my work desktop.
I rather fear that since buying up Macromedia, Adobe has been determined to change the Flash experience to be more like the PDF one. So it might be less PDF Reader Hell, but it’ll be More Flash Hell.
2 thoughts on “Flash to get DRMed (thanks Adobe)”
Cheer up Doug! Other commentary suggests that the DRM will be optional not compulsory, and that this is an anti-Microsoft Silverlight move (publishers threatening to move to Silverlight if DRM is not available in Flash). Most public domain files may not be DRMed, e.g. YouTube. And there’s more good news:
Thanks for that – you’re right. The glass is at least half full. Yes! And the ullage trend is downwards over time.
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