What a depressing state of affairs. This is what happens when, like always these days, profit is put before people. I really don’t envy Berners-Lee’s position as there really isn’t any easy way out.
In his post Tim basically says that sure, the W3C can disregard DRM but it won’t change much, this is why we had flash and silverlight. It only makes sense to put this functionality native to the browser.
Now the W3C can be what it is – a front end for corporations and lobbyists buying their way into “open and free standards”.
It is time to move towards another organization altogether, so simply making W3C obsolete altogether; or having an organization that actually is honest and has principles rather than attempts to force people into vendor-DRM-lock in.
I am also very critical of Mozilla due to other reasons, namely because they have too many developers who are just clueless; and they no longer have a lot of intelligent leader people (ideally you could work without “leaders” … but what I see at Mozilla is more the headless chicken syndrome) – but Mozilla has made one thing right, actually. They provided an opt-out mechanism of DRM. Now, granted, if you’d advocate a TRULY free web then you would flat out refuse DRM infection of systems. But if you can not or do not want to do THAT, then the SECOND best option is an opt-out system.