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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Ethical non-DRM uses of EME

From: Ted Smith
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Ethical non-DRM uses of EME
Date: Fri, 17 May 2013 15:06:40 -0400

How would that be possible? A libre plugin could just be modified to
dump the unencrypted stream to disk, rendering the entire system

(Not to say this is impossible in the non-free case, but it's obviously
easier in the libre case.)

On Fri, 2013-05-17 at 10:52 -0500, David Loyall wrote:
> I need further information about this subject before I can form an
> opinion about this.
> Would the proposed implementation allow libre plugins?  'Allow' means
> gratis use of the system.  Or would it only allow entities that can
> afford some expensive license to use it? (Netflix, BBC, etc.)
> Thanks,
> --Dave
> On May 17, 2013 8:13 AM, "Andrew Roffey"
> <> wrote:
>         Despite the serious implications that are sure to follow EME
>         if it is
>         implemented by web browsers, I have been thinking of possible
>         non-DRM
>         use cases of EME that might be useful to the free software
>         community.
>         A Firefox Sync-type of system is what I thought of initially.
>         Firefox
>         Sync uses Mozilla's network servers to host an encrypted copy
>         of the
>         bookmarks and settings of any user that has opted to use that
>         service.
>         Although there are a few minor privacy implications (Mozilla
>         might be
>         able to see when a user is online) and the possibility that
>         Mozilla
>         could disable an account relatively easy, Firefox Sync does
>         offer
>         convenience with a lower risk than many other similar network
>         services.
>         (More info on exactly how FF Sync encryption works can be
>         found at
>         With the help of  EME, the combination of a libre plugin and
>         libre
>         JavaScript could work similarly to Firefox Sync, but for other
>         non-bookmark uses. For example, a file upload service could
>         use EME to
>         allow a user to optionally use a libre plugin installed by the
>         user to
>         encrypt the contents of uploaded files. Then when the user
>         downloads
>         those files again (encrypted), EME could be used to help a
>         plugin
>         decrypt those files within the browser.
>         Technically, this may already be possible without EME. I
>         haven't
>         explored EME in any significant detail, so maybe I'm entirely
>         wrong and
>         it wouldn't be useful at all. However, I'm aware that EME does
>         help with
>         key exchange on the browser-level, and provides a standard API
>         for
>         dealing with encrypted content. It could also make it easier
>         to handle
>         support multiple cryptosystems (or the lack of one).
>         (More info on EME can be found at
>         Could EME really be useful, at all? Any feedback, comments,
>         discussion,
>         corrections, criticism and opinions are welcome. :-)
>         Andrew.

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