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World Web Consortium warms HTML bed for forced DRM snuggle

The Register - Web fragmentation argument beaten by web fragmentation defence.

The World Web Consortium (W3C) is pressing ahead with plans to standardise Digital Rights Management (DRM) in HTML, despite opposition to the proposal.

The W3C's chief executive Jeff Jaffe announced imminent publication of a first draft of the specification for Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) on Thursday.

The draft is now here and open to public discussion.

Jaffe blogged: "While we welcome and value input from all parties, we intend to continue to work on content protection, and publish this draft."

Critics of EME have rallied against the proposed standard as "disastrous" and argued that it is being added to web specs purely to suit the interests of media companies that own content.

EME is being co-edited by representatives from Google, Microsoft and Netflix.