Sir Tim Berners-Lee and W3C sold humanity down the river

Moves to install DRM functions within the web standards have been slammed by a top IT author and developer.

Simon St. Laurent, who is the co-chair of the Fluent and OSCON conferences and the writer of books including Introducing Elixir, Introducing Erlang, Learning Rails 3, XML Pocket Reference, 3rd, XML: A Primer, and Cookies is furious with Sir Tim Berners-Lee for allowing the W3C’s to focus on digital rights management (DRM).

He said that programmers who design and build Web systems, are going to be forced to use something which could be very onerous in many ways and get nothing in return.

Writing in his bog, St. Laurent said that the W3C has surrendered without asking for anything in return.

He said Sir Tim is well aware of the tarnish he’s applying to his creation and is saying that no-one likes content protection, or the constraints it places on users and developers, or the over-severe legislation it triggers in countries like the USA.

But he said that the saddest part of that discussion, is that users or developers get nothing out of bringing in DRM.

St. Laurent said that most of my technical work still revolves around the W3C, so he is at crossroads.

It was the first time he had ever doubted the intrinsic goodness of the W3C.

“While HTML5 and CSS3 certainly reinvigorated public interest in the W3C, this is yet more reason to pick and choose the useful bits carefully,” he said.

At the moment the only think that anyone is getting from DRM being installed under the bonnet of the world wide wibble is that there is a strong message not to trust anyone, St. Laurent said.