DRM, the World Cup, and what happens when a red team plays a green team

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/06/26/saudi-v-russia.html


We cannot allow crippled humans to stand in the way of crippled technology!


Red-green colour blindness means that red and green can’t be distinguished from each other, not that dichromats can’t distinguish red-green from other colours. Red and green are not perceived as grey in that kind of dichromacy.


There are better reasons to not watch the KKKremlin KKKup.

There might be a more direct route to resolution:

The Department of Justice (DOJ) published the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design in September 2010. These standards state that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities.



What about people that still uses black and white television sets? Here are some numbers in the UK from 2015: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12064572/More-than-9000-homes-still-have-black-and-white-TVs.html

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I think that’s a non-starter because, at best, individual companies could be sued into making individual accommodations; a judge wouldn’t just say “make it so that someone else can potentially come along and fix stuff you’re liable for, if they want to”. Plus, disability legislation generally has “best effort” or “where possible” - type wording, so where an accessibility feature is directly blocked by DRM (+ anti-circumvention rules), courts would probably accept that as a valid excuse, rather than strike down the anti-circumvention legislation.

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I’m sure that it’s worth whatever money they save in licensing fees, and the blind who own B&W TVs can get their licenses for 50% off of that already low price!

(Unfortunately any sighted individuals in the household and any sighted guests are required to view television programming with one eye closed. For a small fee the licensing office will issue eye patches to be worn during viewing for those whose eyelids fatigue easily.)

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