Defective by Design

The Phoenix on the FC.o vid contest

Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2006-09-25 15:48

The Phoenix ran a piece on FreeCulture.org's video conference related to October 3rd:

But if you’re a consumer, it’s more accurate to say it stands for Digital Restrictions Management. (Or, in the case of Sony-BMG’s roo tk it, which deposits all manner of intrusive and concealed software on a user’s computer, Digital Restrictions Malware.) “It prevents you from using the content that you have bought the way you want to,” says Nelson Pavlosky, co-founder of the international student movement FreeCulture.org. “And because there are laws against circumventing this copy protection, uses that would otherwise be legal suddenly become illegal. If I wanted to make a back-up copy of a CD that I bought, which is legal under fair use, the DRM physically stops me — and the laws that enforce DRM legally stop me.”


Elizabeth Stark, founder of Free Culture’s Harvard chapter puts it plainly: “You should not treat your consumers as criminals.”


But lately, DRM has become so prevalent — in the songs you buy from iTunes, the DVDs you watch, the eBooks you read — that some observers fear it stands to permanently strip away freedoms we’ve come to take for granted in the digital age. So, in concert with the nationwide Day Against DRM (October 3) that’s been announced by DefectiveByDesign.org, Free Culture has announced a Down with DRM Video Contest. Your job is simple: create a video. Post it online. Spread the word.

Topic:  video contest
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