Digital Rights Management technology has never been welcomed or appreciated by most of the open source community. And now Mozilla is being smacked around by some open source advocates for including Adobe's DRM in Firefox. But did Mozilla really have a choice in the matter or was it a foregone conclusion that DRM would eventually be added to Firefox?
According to Venture Beat:
Unfortunately for Mozilla, the open source community is less than sympathetic to their plight. In a press release the Free Software Foundation writes, “Nearly everyone who implements DRM says they are forced to do it, and this lack of accountability is how the practice sustains itself.”
In the eyes of open source advocates, Adobe is an evil nemesis. Fundamentally they stand for two different things: Adobe promotes the use of closed-source proprietary software and open-source advocates support software that is free, open, and community built. Mozilla’s support of DRM comes after Tim Berners-Lee’s addition of DRM to HTML5, the internet’s core coding technology, and essentially adds insult to injury.More at Venture Beat
I actually mentioned this in yesterday's roundup, and I knew Mozilla was going to get hammered for it. But to me it seems clear that Mozilla was stuck between a rock and a hard place. If they kept Adobe's DRM out of Firefox then they ran the risk of losing users to other browsers. If they put it in then they were going to get attacked for doing so by some folks that loathe Adobe and DRM in general.
There really was no way for Mozilla to win in this situation. It will be interesting to see if Mozilla sticks to its guns or eventually backs off on its decision. You can get Mozilla's side of the story on the Mozilla blog entry about DRM.
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