Defective by Design

Bono Delegation?

Submitted by PeterB on Tue, 2006-07-04 20:08

It's time for technologists and artists to form a coalition against DRM

With the launch of the Bono 10,000 signature petition, we achieved one of our main goals, discussion of DRM in the mainstream press. In the first 24 hours we had over 1,000 signatures added to the petition, and now we are looking to arrange an appointment with Bono.

One question that has come up is who would we send to represent us all? Should we send artists who have already taken a stand against DRM? MusicCreators.ca lists the artists Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne and Sarah McLachlan. Or how about artists who have been leaders in digital activism, like Grateful Dead lyricist and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) co-founder, John Perry Barlow.

Maybe we should focus on sending those that have shown the best aptitude for explaining the complex range of issues that make up DRM, like the author/activist Corry Doctrow, or the ZDnet Executive Editor David Berlind. Maybe we should focus on those that have led organizations most effected by DRM, like Free Software Foundation (FSF) president Richard Stallman, or founder of creative commons Lawrence Lessig.

Maybe we should send you?

Let us know who you would like to invite to be part of a delegation to meet Bono.

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