Defective by Design

Boycott Windows Media Center

Submitted by JoshuaGay on Tue, 2008-05-20 14:41

    Take action:
  • Digg the BadVista.org blog post.
  • Boycott Windows Media Center!

Microsoft is using DRM to prevent users from saving certain television shows to their hard drive. Saving such streams is a normal feature that comes with Windows Media Center, but they have locked you out of it for NBC television shows and others. They claim that they are just following FCC regulations -- but the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the FCC has no authority to make such regulations. The truth is Microsoft is just power hungry and making use of DRM wherever and whenever they can in order to secure media deals for themselves and lock in their customers.

BadVista.org is covering the story on their blog, asking users to abandon Microsoft and DRM'd software. To help, we are putting out this call for a boycott of Windows Media Center. Broadcast flags are not inherently bad, but when they spell out DRM, then we've got to put our foot down.

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