Marius Gheorghe

Building software : make it work, make it good, make it fast

Mozilla and DRM

Big debacle over Mozilla's decision to support DRM. FSF is not wasting any time of condemning Mozilla's decision.

 The thing is's not that simple. Mozilla main source of revenue comes from Google. Google pays quite a lot of money to have Google search as the default search engine on Firefox. And they do this because Firefox has a nice marketshare. Mozilla "livehood" depends on this. If they choose NOT to implement EME ( Encrypted Media Extensions ) , their marketshare will fall down (people will ditch FF because Hulu/Netflix and any other movie streaming provider won't work on a browser without EME support) , and Google will stop paying them because Firefox marketshare will become (almost) irrelevant.

 So, the way i see it, Mozilla's decision to support EME is more of matter of survival for them rather than politics.