The BBC iPlayer project and DRM

The news that the BBC is proposing to use Microsoft Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) as the basis of their iPlayer project is worrying.

The BBC has a duty to lead in the media world which it has fulfilled for many years, making the UK a leader in many of the media technologies and content throughout the world. This has a direct impact on the UK economy.

This is because the BBC has always used open standards. A direct parallel is the development of GSM mobile phones largely lead by the UK has resulted in a worldwide technology that I work in.

I believe we are at a similar turning point with digital media. If the BBC does not show the leadership demonstrated with its other on-line services we will disenfranchise the UK citizen and damage the position of the UK in the world.

I would urge everyone to sign the petition and write to your MP


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