Flash Protest News: "maybe these guys know something that we don't" (Gizmodo)
Submitted by PeterB on Thu, 2006-05-25 10:01
Gizmodo's Travis Hudson writes "Last time I checked you didn’t need biohazard suits and helmets to protect against DRM, but maybe these guys know something that we don’t."
Flash Protest News: We won't shed a tear for Microsoft (money.cnn.com)
Submitted by PeterB on Thu, 2006-05-25 06:37
CNN's Oliver Ryan writes that protestors in hazmat suits won't shed a tear for a Microsoft demise. Whilst the suggestion that a world without Microsoft would create "panic in the streets", is widely rejected by Digg readers.
Flash Protest News: Free Software Foundation startet Kampagne gegen DRM (testticker.de)
Submitted by Henri Poole on Thu, 2006-05-25 06:29
"Mit der Kampagne will man darauf aufmerksam machen, dass immer mehr Hardware- und Software-Anbieter DRM-Systeme in ihre Produkte integrieren und damit die Rechte der Anwender beschneiden. So würden private Kopien digitaler Inhalte verhindert und völlig ignoriert, dass zahlreiche Werke nach Ablauf der Schutzfristen unter Public Domain fallen. Zudem lässt sich das Nutzerverhalten durch DRM überwachen, was einen schwerwiegenden Eingriff in die Privatsphäre darstellt."
Flash Protest News: Free Software Foundation startet Protestaktion gegen DRM (heise online)
Submitted by Henri Poole on Thu, 2006-05-25 06:22
Heise Online schreibt:
"Mitglieder der Free Software Foundation (FSF) haben zu Beginn der Microsoft-Entwicklerkonferenz Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) vor dem Veranstaltungszentrum in Seattle gegen Digital Rights Management protestiert. In Schutzoveralls gekleidet warnten sie die vorbeikommenden Konferenzteilnehmer davor, dass ihr Produkt Windows Vista fehlerhaft sei und die Nutzer gefährde. Das geht aus einer Mitteilung der FSF hervor. Windows Vista sei "hazmat", also ein "Gefahrgut", hieß die Parole."
Flash Protest News: FSF-backed DRM protesters don hazmat suits at WinHEC (ZDNet)
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2006-05-25 00:20
ZDNet's David Berlind posted today about yesterday's action. While there is no new news here, Berlind does give us a little advice. "DRM" is not an acronym that is sexy.
DRM needs a special name. A name that you can sink your teeth into like "spam." A name like "CRAP."
He goes on to say that Richard Stallman has come up with the best words behind that acronym: "Cancellation, Restriction and Punishment"
Flash Protest News: Wacky Protests In Washington Stir The Masses
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2006-05-25 00:14
John Dvorak makes a mention of the WinHEC DRM Elimination Crew event and while he is not really on our side, he does give us props:
Whatever the case you have to admire the fact that they all went out and bought hazmat suits for their protest march.
Thanks to DRM Elimination Crew's Andrew Becherer for "foisting" the story on Dvorak!
Flash Protest News: Tech Advocacy Group Takes to the Streets to Protest DRM at WinHEC (eHomeUpgrade)
Submitted by Henri Poole on Wed, 2006-05-24 17:27
Alexander Grundner at eHomeUpgrade writes
"We're all familiar with protests against war, cruelty to animals, and such, but how about DRM (digital rights/restrictions management)? Enter Defective By Design, an anti-DRM advocacy group backed by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) that has started targeting “Big Media, unhelpful manufacturers and DRM distributors.” The group aims to identify “defective” products for consumers and recruit technologists to help bring awareness to the public of the evils of DRM – even if it means having to wear hazmat suits to get people's attention.
Flash Protest News: Protecting Digital Rights (Seattlest)
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2006-05-24 12:48
From the Seattlest:
but the point is that if you don't like how your software's performing there are other options out there. Now, if it's built into your computer hardware (this protest was staged outside of a Microsoft hardware engineering conference) AND it's mandated by law that you must use DRM-capable hardware (people are working on it) then you're screwed and it's time to put on a haz-mat suit and walk around downtown.
Flash Protest News: DRM protest at Microsoft confab (CNET)
Submitted by Henri Poole on Wed, 2006-05-24 12:30
Ina Fried writes Protesters in hazardous materials suits marched outside the Washington State Trade and Convention Center on Tuesday, where the software maker was kicking off its Windows Hardware and Engineering Conference (WinHEC). The demonstrators, from the Free Software Foundation's Defective by Design group, were lobbying against Microsoft's digital-rights management technology, which restricts copysharing." Read the story.
Flash Protest News: DRM protestors storm Seattle (TechEffect)
Submitted by Henri Poole on Wed, 2006-05-24 12:25
Brian Ward of Tech Effect writes "When Bill Gates took the stage for a keynote speech on the future of Microsoft and the upcoming release of Vista little did he know that men in hazmat suits were lying in wait. Defectivebydesign.org is a group of color-coded anti-DRM crusaders, and they made their presence known in Seattle with a rip-roaring good time of a protest. This grass-roots organization has applied the golden rule of protesting to their latest effort to eradicate digital rights management (or as t
Flash Protest News: Digital rights protesters gate-crash Microsoft Winhec party (Personal Computer World)
Submitted by Henri Poole on Wed, 2006-05-24 12:15
Personal Computer World reports "Anti-Digital Rights Management (DRM) protesters from the Free Software Foundation have gate-crashed Microsoft's Winhec developers conference in Seattle.
Wearing bright yellow suits, the Free Software Foundation protesters swarmed around the Winhec convention entrance, telling the delegates that the Microsoft-backed DRM was defective and hazardous to users." Read the story.
Flash Protest News: Anti-DRM protestors crash Microsoft love-in (theInquirer)
Submitted by Henri Poole on Wed, 2006-05-24 12:12
Nick Farrell writes "MICROSOFT developers clustered around their supreme Vole Bill Gates to hear him spout forth on the future of its updated operating system Vista were startle when the event was crashed by Open Flying Saucers." Read the story.
Flash Protest News: Anti-DRM demonstrators in hazmat suits storm Bill Gates keynote (boingboing)
Submitted by Henri Poole on Wed, 2006-05-24 00:40
Cory Doctorow writes "Protestors from the Free Software Foundation's excellent Defective By Design anti-DRM campaign staged a surprise demonstration yesterday... Defective By Design promises lots more grassroots activism, street theater, and direct action against DRM."
Flash Protest News: Andrew Becherer rocked today!
Submitted by Henri Poole on Wed, 2006-05-24 00:09
Andrew Becherer, one of the freedom fighters who attended the Microsoft action today posted a great comment on slashdot:
I am proud to say that I participated in today's FSF event.
I believe the combination of Digital Rights Management technology and the Trusted Computing initiative are the single greatest threat to a free software desktop. I believe the danger is not just that we will be pushed into a desktop ghetto where we will not be allowed to enjoy the newest movies and music.
RMS' Right to Read [gnu.org] might seem far out for most folks I believe he is point on. DRM will tie media to an user or possibly an user and a specific machine. DRM will allow corporations to gather unprecedented amounts of information about us. If we are not vigilant we are headed into an Orwellian dystopia where all of our digital habits are carefully monitored and controlled.
Get the gear!
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2006-05-23 17:12
Tell the world (or at least the people you see every day) how you feel about DRM. Buy a t-shirt to support the campaign.
Flash Protest News: FSF launches anti-DRM campaign outside WinHEC 2006 (NewsForge)
Submitted by Henri Poole on Tue, 2006-05-23 16:36
Bruce Byfield writes "Planned as a flash event, today's protest was deliberately kept secret over the last few days. The Electronic Frontier Foundation alerted its members in Seattle, and information was posted yesterday to the Bellingham Linux Users' Group mailing list, but the three dozen supporters who showed up at the corner of Pike and 7th in downtown Seattle at 8 a.m. had little idea exactly what form the protest would take until shortly before they ducked into an alley to change into t
Flash Protest News: Anti-DRM Flashmob in Seattle (Smartmobs)
Submitted by Henri Poole on Tue, 2006-05-23 16:16
Howard Rheingold just posted "At 8:30am this morning, wearing neon Hazmat gear, 25 techology activists from FSF & EFF swarmed the 2006 Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Seattle. Following the lead of the French anti-DRM activists, the new initative, Defective By Design, is signing up activists interested in getting involved in local actions to bring awareness to the crippling effects of DRM on art, literature, music or film, and free software. "
Flash Protest News: DRM Protest in Hazmat Suits (Slashdot)
Submitted by Henri Poole on Tue, 2006-05-23 15:54
Slashdot writes "The Free Software Foundation launched a new anti-DRM initiative today with a flash protest at Bill Gates’s keynote speech to Microsoft developers in Seattle. They’re calling the new campaign ‘Defective by Design’ and have named Big Media, device manufacturers and proprietary software companies as targets. CivicActions is participating as a coalition partner in the campaign. Protesters donned HazMat suits, apparently to emphasize the hazard Digital Restrictions Management poses to their rights. There are a
Flash Protest News: Defective By Design: קמפיין חדש של קרן התוכנה החופשית נגד DRM (Linmagazine)
Submitted by Henri Poole on Tue, 2006-05-23 14:23
Seattle anti-DRM flashmob
Submitted by Henri Poole on Tue, 2006-05-23 13:41
Today's Press Release
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2006-05-23 12:13
Action Network News: time to fight back
Submitted by Henri Poole on Tue, 2006-05-23 12:05
Ward Vandewege writes "I’ve had it. I’m sick of region encoding on DVDs and video games. I’m sick of crippled (’copy-protected’) audio CDs. I’m sick of DRM’d music. I’m sick of the fact that I can’t legally use the DVDs I purchased on the computer I purchased because it runs GNU/Linux." Read Ward's Blog.
Flash Protest News: Are open source and copyright issues connected? (ZDNet)
Submitted by Henri Poole on Tue, 2006-05-23 11:59
VIDEO: DRM Elimination Crew Hits Seattle for WinHEC
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2006-05-23 11:20
I've posted a short video clip of this morning's DefectiveByDesign DRM Elimination Crew action at the Microsoft WinHEC2006 in Seattle. About 25 DefectiveByDesign members came out around 7:30 to spread warn WinHEC attendees of the dangers of DRM.