Why Is Adobe Trying To Add DRM To Flash?
from the anti-competitive-reasons dept
The EFF’s Deeplinks blog has an excellent discussion about Adobe’s plans to add DRM to Flash. Flash has become something of a defacto standard online, and it’s partly the lack of included DRM that allowed this to happen, encouraging creative uses, such as mashups. However, with the latest version of Flash, apparently Adobe wants to include DRM. As the EFF notes, this clearly is not to stop copyright infringements — as no DRM has ever stopped copyright infringement. However, thanks to the DMCA’s anti-circumvention clause, it will make it possible for Adobe to block out competitors from making tools and players to work on Flash, by failing to license that DRM to them as well. This was not the purpose of the DMCA at all.