Google plans to make DRM mandatory in next Chrome version

Posted 31 January 2017 20:32 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Google will make it impossible for users to deactivate the DRM system in their browser. The change will come in the next stable version of the browser, Chrome 57. The ‘Widevine DRM plugin’ will therefore become a permanent ‘feature’ of Google’s browser.

The Widevine Content Decryption Module is Google’s implementation of the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) a DRM system approved the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). It is pushed by movie studios, a few broadcasters and Netflix. It’s a default feature, added as plugin to the browser, with the idea that no longer plugins like Silverlight and Flash need to be installed when you want to view content of one of the backers of EME. E.g. Netflix switched from Silverlight to EME based content encryption.

Widevine is just one of the EME implementations, it’s developed by Google who uses it for its Chrome browser and it’s also used in Mozilla’s Firefox.. Widevine is not the only DRM plugin in Firefox, the browser also uses Adobe’s EME plugin ‘Premier’. Microsoft on the other side uses Windows 10 native DRM in its Edge browser and PlayReady on Internet Explorer 11.

Normally it was possible to disable default plugins in Chrome, such as Widevine, through a page that could be accessed by typing¬†chrome://plugins in the browser. From version 57 this page will no longer be accessible. This means it’s not longer possible to easily disable the DRM feature.

When Widevine is disabled the browser no longer supports viewing DRM protected content. Most users will therefore have no interest at all in disabling it, but some users feel it has to be their choice to browse with a DRM plugin enabled or not. They argue the plugins could be a security risk as they can also contain bugs and vulnerabilities, just like Flash and Silverlight. Other users want to disable DRM to send a message to Hollywood that locking content is not accepted.

There’s also an issue for security researchers, due to laws like the DMCA in the United States and the European Copyright Directive it can be risky for security researchers to audit browsers that have DRM built in. They can become subject to criminal and civil penalties for tampering with DRM due to these laws. Even if it’s for legal and legitimate purposes.

Widevine DRM won’t be only plugin that can no longer be disabled through¬†chrome://plugins, also Adobe’s Flash Player, the Chrome PDF reader and the Chrome Native Client can’t be disabled in case Google decides to make the change.

Because there is a change the company will change its mind, at least one Chrome developer has stated to be OK with a setting to disable the DRM plugin.

 



coolcolors
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Posted on: 31 Jan 17 23:52
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Well there goes Chrome....DRM is the fastest way to get users to stop using Chrome....
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Matth
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Posted on: 01 Feb 17 00:41
Will that be forced into Chromium based browsers as well, maybe a good solid fork is needed
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durkinjt
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Posted on: 01 Feb 17 18:59
Question, what is the best alternative to Chrome?
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coolcolors
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Posted on: 02 Feb 17 01:51
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Originally Posted by durkinjt
Question, what is the best alternative to Chrome?
FireFox... no DRM and no Ads no tracking....
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durkinjt
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Posted on: 02 Feb 17 04:37
Thanks
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AaronZ26593
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Posted on: 02 Feb 17 17:20
I have always used Firefox EME Free version, DRM imo is a piece of garbage.
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AaronZ26593
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Posted on: 02 Feb 17 17:21
Omg, To hear Windows 10 Edge has DRM another reason yet again for me not to upgrade ever to Windows 10 lol.
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AaronZ26593
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Posted on: 02 Feb 17 17:23
As a consumer we should have rights over our technology many us spend a lot of money on this stuff not to mention blood an sweat.
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coolcolors
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Posted on: 03 Feb 17 00:14
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Originally Posted by AaronZ26593
Omg, To hear Windows 10 Edge has DRM another reason yet again for me not to upgrade ever to Windows 10 lol.
Where is that at? Link?

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Originally Posted by AaronZ26593
As a consumer we should have rights over our technology many us spend a lot of money on this stuff not to mention blood an sweat.
Not really you bought the license to use Windows you don't own it. We own the license Producy Key not the actual software itself outright.
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Millennium12
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Posted on: 03 Feb 17 10:24
What's wrong with DRM?

but Mozilla is on its last leg
https://www.cnet.com/news/mozilla-la...29395874464130
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coolcolors
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Posted on: 03 Feb 17 14:38
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Originally Posted by Millennium12
What's wrong with DRM?

but Mozilla is on its last leg
https://www.cnet.com/news/mozilla-la...29395874464130
One story doesn't tell the complete story that is about device not the Browser. Til there is more then it just one part.
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AaronZ26593
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Posted on: 03 Feb 17 18:18
coolcolors, Valid point about purchasing license Producy Key however one must still buy or build the hardware to install the OS as an end user while I agree it's not my software because I bought a license Producy Key if money and when money is exchanged some rights should be present but I know you will probably go on about how I didn't create the software, and blah, blah.
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AaronZ26593
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Posted on: 03 Feb 17 18:24
Digital Rights Management isn't consumer friendly thus why I hate it.
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TSJnachos117
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Posted on: 10 Feb 17 23:34
@coolcolors, just because people agree to these nasty licenses, that doesn't make these licenses OK. People are only agreeing to these licenses because they have to. Many people rely on Windows, MS Office, MacOS, or whatever else, and can't easily transition to some other software. Thus, companies like Microsoft have never hesitated in taking advantage of these people. After all, why would Microsoft hesitate? It's not like they have a conscience to stop them.
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coolcolors
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Posted on: 11 Feb 17 00:43
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Originally Posted by TSJnachos117
@coolcolors, just because people agree to these nasty licenses, that doesn't make these licenses OK. People are only agreeing to these licenses because they have to. Many people rely on Windows, MS Office, MacOS, or whatever else, and can't easily transition to some other software. Thus, companies like Microsoft have never hesitated in taking advantage of these people. After all, why would Microsoft hesitate? It's not like they have a conscience to stop them.
Least one forgets we all talk about free markets so this is the price we pay whether or not we like it. Until there is someone can truly make a Open Source O/S not linux there to much infighting to be a real use from them-then and only then will MS see the light. But I will reiterate this is a Free Market and Capitalism so don't like don't use. I take my cause to using hosts blockers and restricting what calls home to tell them F9797 u and keep on computing...
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