The idea is backed by Netflix, Microsoft, Google and the BBC, who Stallman is not exactly friendly with. He said that HTML was initially designed to describe the semantics of text and give control to the browser over how to present it. Since it became common for companies to have web sites, they have steered the development of HTML towards precise control over what the user sees and the behaviour of the page, he said.
But standardizing DRM would make it more convenient, in a very shallow sense. This could influence people who think only of short-term convenience to think of DRM as acceptable, which could in turn encourage more sites to use DRM. Stallman said that the arguments for standardizing DRM aim to avoid hypothetical minor inconveniences.
He once the world accepts the digital handcuffs of DRM, there is no reason to suppose they won't have back doors and spyware as well. "The W3C is now considering a proposal that would, for the first time, standardize a feature intended solely and explicitly for mistreatment of users," Stallman said.