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Re: [Fsfe-uk] BBC's DRM Iplayer windows only

From: Rob Myers
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] BBC's DRM Iplayer windows only
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 17:54:31 +0100
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Alex Hudson wrote:
On Sat, 2007-09-08 at 12:41 +0100, Jon Grant wrote:
Wonder if BBC plan is to run something on top of MS's Silverlight (might have read this somewhere already).

That's pretty close to the truth as I understand it - it's been touted
in the trade press.

Yes The Register mapped this out in an unusually lucid article.

I guess the BBC would have no quarrels with a proprietary linux application to fulfil their requirement set down by the Trust. Would be better if they were obliged to use open standards and free software to achieve cross-platform compatibility.

This debate is being phrased too much in terms of "compatibility" rather than "rights' IMHO. Freedom allows people to make compatibility. It is a subset of the problem, and will be solved by a solution rather than being a solution.

I think there's actually three things at play here:

     1. whether or not the player is free software;
     2. whether or not the video codecs are free software;
     3. whether or not the BBC use DRM.

At the moment, 1, 2, & 3 are all 'not'. 1 is pretty trivial imho, and
not really worth worrying about.

1 would obviate 2 and 3...

- Rob.

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