Microsoft has closed its ebook store—and will soon make its customers' libraries disappear along with it.
How DRM has permitted Google to have an "open source" browser that is still under its exclusive control
After years of insisting that DRM in HTML wouldn't block open source implementations, Google says it won't support open source implementations
Microsoft announces it will shut down ebook program and confiscate its customers' libraries
The Silicon Valley gospel of “disruption” has descended into caricature, but, at its core, there are some sound tactics buried beneath the self-serving bullshit. A lot of our systems an…
Repair is one of the secret keys to a better life. Repairs keep our gadgets in use longer (saving our pocketbooks) and divert e-waste from landfills or toxic recycling processes (saving our planet). Repair is an engine of community prosperity: when you get your phone screen fixed at your corner...
EFF has been fighting against DRM and the laws behind it for a decade and a half, intervening in the US Broadcast Flag, the UN Broadcasting Treaty, the European DVB CPCM standard, the W3C EME standard and many other skirmishes, battles and even wars over the years. With that long history behind us...
With the tendency of becoming too accustomed to bad news on copyright, it is refreshing to hear that Portugal has recently passed a law that helps to strike a fairer balance between users and copyright holders on digital rights management (DRM). The law does not abolish legal protection for DRM altogether – unfortunately, that would …
Portugal passes the world's first reasonable DRM law
The World Wide Web Consortium has been captured by the copyright industry in an ugly Regulatory Capture. Who will develop web standards next?
Dear Jeff, Tim, and colleagues, In 2013, EFF was disappointed to learn that the W3C had taken on the project of standardizing “Encrypted Media Extensions,” an API whose sole function was to provide a first-class role for DRM within the Web browser ecosystem. By doing so, the organization offered...
Early today, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards body publicly announced its intention to publish Encrypted Media Extensions (EME)—a DRM standard for web video—with no safeguards whatsoever for accessibility, security research or competition, despite an unprecedented internal controversy...
Supreme Court to Lexmark: when you sell something, the buyer then owns it
In the digital age, a lot depends on whether we ac
All the Second Life rabbits are doomed, thanks to DRM
Netflix app will no longer run on rooted Android devices
Google tries to define a valid family. Predictable awfulness ensues.
We are one RFID away from a dishwasher that rejects third-party dishes on pain of a 5-year prison sentence
Reply All covers DRM and the W3C
The World Wide Web Consortium wants to give companies a veto over warnings about browser defects
Google quietly makes "optional" web DRM mandatory in Chrome
The “nonpology” is a corporate standard: a company does something terrible, and then it tells you it’s sorry that you found its behaviour upsetting. But HP’s October 2016 pu…
How a digital-only smartphone opens the door to DRM (and how to close the door)
Once upon a time, there were two major browsers that virtually everyone used: Netscape and Internet Explorer, locked in a death-battle for the future of the Web. They went to enormous lengths to tempt Web publishers to optimize their sites to work best inside their windows, and hoped that users would follow.