February 19, 2019

Linux Foundation Objects to BBC DRM

Official Statement Objecting BBC/OFCOM Proposal

  • April 1, 2010
  • By Place Holder "Dont Use"
Official Statement from The Linux Foundation


The Linux Foundation, on behalf of its members, would like to register its serious objections to the current BBC/OFCOM proposal, which would impose content management controls on new free-to-air high definition channels. The plan, which involves restrictively licensing the Huffman codes used in the electronic programme guide, would have a negative effect on open source applications and would distort the markets which have built up around those applications.

The treatment of Open Source in the BBC document is incorrect and ignores the severe market distortions that this content management scheme would produce in open platforms. The use of Open Source within the market segments that would be affected by the BBC proposal can be divided into two business models: Proprietary but built on Open Source and fully open platforms. The HD Freesat system the BBC used to characterise Open Source falls into the Proprietary but open category; no analysis at all was attempted of the fully open category. The failure to look at fully open platforms leads to an important segment of the market being ignored.

Currently, there is no DTG-approved content management system available for fully open systems, so the BBC proposal would effectively destroy the ability of those systems to display TV-based content. By way of illustration, the fully open category includes the Moblin netbook operating system, which is a significant player in the netbook space and the Android phone system, which has several million users and broad handset industry support. The fully open platform category is significant in terms of both the number of users and its being the fastest growing market segment.

Deliberately excluding fully open platforms from free-to-air content and thus disadvantaging those platforms....

Read the rest of the Linux Foundation's statement at Linuxfoundation.org

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