Defective by Design

Cory Doctorow on the BBC's DRM plot for HDTV in the United Kingdom

Submitted by mattl on Mon, 2011-11-14 12:28

Amazon Kindle extinguishes the fire of learning

Submitted by mattl on Wed, 2011-09-28 12:59

Amazon came out with their newest line of Kindle ebook readers today, including the appropriately named "Kindle Fire".

To quote their TV commercial: "The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."

This device does not kindle that fire -- it extinguishes it, with more of the same digital restrictions.

Let's look at the facts:

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xkcd on Sharing...

Submitted by mattl on Wed, 2011-09-28 08:02

If you haven't seen Sharing by xkcd, it's worth a look.

In the strip, some friends discover a tree with a USB port sticking out of it. Upon connecting a computer to it, they discover an ebook -- Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree, as a DRM'd Amazon Kindle file.

The book cannot be opened and sharing is not allowed.

Topic:  xkcd webcomic

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Keep the pressure on Barnes and Noble

Submitted by mattl on Wed, 2011-09-14 14:22

A few weeks ago, we asked you to reach out to Barnes & Noble about their Nook eBook reader. Many of you did, and while Barnes & Noble have yet to formally respond, we can continue to put pressure on them.

The current news is that Amazon plans to launch a color Android device, much like the Nook color. If we continue to put pressure on B&N, we can use this increased pressure from Amazon as a reason to make the Nook a device for everyone, not just large book publishers.

Read more, including a selection of your quotes to Barnes and Noble

Topic:  nook nookblogs

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Let Barnes and Noble know the Nook is defective by design

Submitted by mattl on Fri, 2011-09-09 09:53

American book retailer Barnes & Noble have launched the third model of their Nook ebook reader. We've previously written about the Nook, but until recently the Nook did not get much attention due to the limited options available.

Things have changed and now the Nook represents a real threat to users because of its invasive DRM, close relationship with DRM champions Adobe, and because of its use of the Android operating system -- which might lead many to think the Nook is not defective by design.

Topic:  nook nookblogs

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Spotify is Defective by Design

Submitted by mattl on Thu, 2011-08-18 09:54

The music streaming service Spotify uses Digital Restrictions Management (DRM); push back by saying NO to Spotify's invitations.

After being available in Europe for some time, Spotify has launched in the United States with a publicity campaign inviting people to use the service.

Our conclusion: Spotify is using DRM to prevent things legally permitted even by overly strict US copyright law, making Spotify defective by design.

Topic:  Spotify

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Help warn people about YouTube Rentals

Submitted by mattl on Mon, 2011-07-18 14:35

If you've logged into YouTube recently, you've probably noticed that they're pushing their Rental service pretty hard. YouTube Rentals brings full-length independent movies to YouTube, at a price -- they use Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) to severely limit how the videos can be used. Many devices, including certain Android phones, are unable to access them at all.

This about-face goes against exactly what made YouTube useful in the first place -- the unencumbered sharing of video.

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Holding Nintendo Accountable

Submitted by JoshuaGay on Mon, 2011-06-06 14:43

Castle of bricks

Over a period of 10 days, 138 people from twenty different countries made donations of $10 or more in order to send Nintendo's President and COO, Reggie Fils-Aime, a total of 220 bricks.

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Highlights from the 2011 Day Against DRM

Submitted by JoshuaGay on Fri, 2011-05-27 15:50

This year's Day Against DRM on May 4th was an overall success. Thanks to all of you who participated! Some of the highlights include:

14 blog posts in 4 languages — it was especially nice to see our friends over at Creative Commons joining us in the celebration.

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Interview with Marcos Marado on the Day Against DRM

Submitted by helen on Fri, 2011-05-27 14:57

The DRM-PT and Associação Nacional para o Software Livre (an associate of Free Software Foundation Europe) groups recently celebrated the Day Against DRM together. They hosted a radio show, and then a free movie event followed by a presentation on DRM. The next day, at Portugal's largest book fair, they distributed flyers and started a lively debate on the subject at the presentation of a pro-DRM ebook retailer. We interviewed Marcos Marado, the creator of DRM-PT, about the recent Day Against DRM events.

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Outcry leads to 200 bricks ordered and reprehensible Nintendo response

Submitted by JoshuaGay on Fri, 2011-05-20 16:01

Reggie Fils-Aime In a little over a week, we surpassed our goal of taking 200 brick orders for Nintendo, to protest their claim that they have the right to "brick" (disable) users' devices when used outside of Nintendo's outrageous Terms of Service.

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Update: Over 200 bricks ordered for Nintendo, we reached our goal!

Submitted by JoshuaGay on Fri, 2011-05-13 15:40

UPDATE: We surpassed our goal of 200 bricks! But, if you would still like to place an order, it is not too late. So, order your brick now.

So far, Defective by Design supporters have ordered 70 bricks 150 over 200 bricks to send to Nintendo's President and COO, Reggie Fils-Aime.

Here are some quick and easy ways you can help!

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Tell Reggie Fils-Aime that the Nintendo 3DS is dubious, devious, and defective.

Submitted by JoshuaGay on Mon, 2011-05-09 09:25

UPDATE: We surpassed our goal of 200 bricks! But, if you would still like to place an order, it is not too late. So, order your brick now.

Brick Nintendo before they brick you!

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Apology Not Accepted; Sony Boycott Remains

Submitted by JoshuaGay on Tue, 2011-05-03 11:54

Apology not accepted

In mid-April, Sony's PlayStation Network servers were compromised and over 77 million customers had their personal data exposed. Two weeks after Sony learned of the breach, they issued a public apology. As part of this, they also are offering a bribe they are calling the "welcome back" program.

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Day Against DRM - Two Days Away

Submitted by JoshuaGay on Mon, 2011-05-02 13:42

May 4th, 2011: Day Against DRM

Clear your schedule for a worldwide day of action against DRM. On Wednesday, May 4th, we will be taking action to raise the stakes and increase awareness about the threats of Digital Restrictions Management -- in a very significant way!

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Interview with Leo Babauta

Submitted by helen on Mon, 2011-05-02 12:08

Leo Babauta is a simplicity blogger & author. He created Zen Habits - a blog with over 200,000 subscribers, mnmlist.com, and the best-selling books focus, The Power of Less, and Zen To Done. He has dedicated the Zen Habits blog and Zen to Done e-book to the public domain.

Topic:  interview

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We need to keep the pressure on Sony

Submitted by helen on Fri, 2011-04-15 13:06

We asked you to email Sony CEO Howard Stringer during our last call to action and Sony responded by shutting off his email address. Many of you then sent emails to the next email address we posted, Nicole Seligman, Sony Executive VP and General Counsel. Your action was effective — it was an important part of the overall public pressure put on Sony to back off.

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Librarians Against DRM

Submitted by JoshuaGay on Thu, 2011-03-31 15:16

EA uses DRM to punish forum behavior

Submitted by helen on Fri, 2011-03-18 13:13

Just because you buy a DRM-restricted game doesn't mean you can play it. An unfortunate forum comment temporarily left a gamer unable to play a single-player game purchased through the EA Store. Bioware forum poster Arno recently had his EA account suspended for 72 hours and then found he could not activate his previously preordered and purchased copy of Dragon Age II.

Topic:  drm gaming bioware ea

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Tell Sony to stop harassing hackers

Submitted by mattl on Mon, 2011-02-28 14:54

This month we're focusing our attention on Sony. Sony has been in the news a lot recently: suing developers for figuring out how to run free software on their PlayStation 3 consoles.

Both George Hotz (geohot) and more recently, Graf Chokolo — operator of the PS3 Hypervisor Reverse Engineering blog have been harrassed by Sony, with Graf Chokolo having his home raided on Feb 23rd.

As TorrentFreak reported earlier today:

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The louder you scream...

Submitted by dbd on Wed, 2011-02-02 13:17

An existing digital restriction comes back for a second attack. We have three ideas for action to take against the streaming media giants.

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Intel's new Sandy Bridge chipset has a flaw:

Submitted by dbd on Wed, 2011-02-02 06:48

The Guardian has more details.

Hooray for Intel's loss -- Intel deserves this for its new DRM features in Sandy Bridge CPUs. If the world were automatically just, Sandy Bridge would fail over and over. But justice does not happen automatically: it is up to us to make Sandy Bridge fail.

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The most important work for freedom that this culture has seen in generations

Submitted by mattl on Thu, 2010-12-30 12:18

"The Free Software Foundation and Richard Stallman's work represents the most important work for freedom that this culture, the American culture, has seen in many many generations because it takes the ideas of freedom and it removes it from the ivory tower, and it removes it from lawyers, and places it in a community—a technology community—that is one of the most important communities defining the contours of freedom that most people in our culture and increasingly around the world will know."

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Please don't get me any of these things as a gift

Submitted by mattl on Mon, 2010-12-13 09:17

Fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice, shame on me.

Submitted by mattl on Fri, 2010-10-22 14:39

Well, it's official. Apple has now announced it's bringing the App Store concept to the Mac and it looks like they'll be restricting apps with FairPlay DRM too for good measure. When we first began talking about the problems with the App Store on the iPhone and iPod Touch, people wanted us to drop it and stop talking about the DRM tricks being pulled by Apple on the grounds that the iPhone wasn't a general purpose computer (it is, and the iPad is too) but rather an appliance.

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Amazon app store for Android welcomes DRM

Submitted by mollydb on Thu, 2010-10-21 09:02

In 2007, Amazon announced their music store. It would, they promised, deliver DRM-free music to U.S. Amazon users. And they did just that. With much fanfare, they rolled out Amazon MP3, touting music downloads for any device. On their website, they explain what's special about their music sales. "DRM-free means that the MP3 files you purchase from Amazon.com do not contain any software that will restrict your use of the file."

Topic:  drm mp3 amazon android

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DRM action from Italy

Submitted by mattl on Mon, 2010-10-18 12:05

Natale Vinto writes:


"I'm a student from University of Calabria (Unical) , Cosenza Italy. I write you because for the journey against drm on 4 May we (students) have done a small event to raise the academic world to the problem of DRM and I've sent you link of pictures of it (with a very large delay!)."

This is our favorite:

Larger version

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DRM In (and Out) of Schools

Submitted by mollydb on Mon, 2010-09-27 08:26

Kindles and iPads are making their way into classrooms across the world. Schools like Seton Hill and George Fox are giving iPads to incoming students. Monte Vista Christian School, in California, has sixty of them that are now in the hands of advanced placement students.

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Intel's HDMInsult

Submitted by mattl on Fri, 2010-09-24 13:41

Once again, we're seeing boneheaded reactions to the failure of a DRM scheme. DRM is largely ineffective against large-scale unauthorized copying going on in Eastern Europe and Asia, and yet the large media companies are happy to parade the opposite as the truth. Instead of admitting their real goal of disrupting legitimate uses and restricting customers as much as possible — forcing them to repeatedly purchase the same records, movies and TV shows again and again — they pretend that this is technological progress.

Topic:  intel hdmi hdcp tyranny

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Apple's latest DRM patent

Submitted by OsamaK on Tue, 2010-08-31 08:24

Apple has a long history of imposing innovative restrictions on its users. The Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) used in the iPhone to prevent users from installing what they want or tinkering with their devices are well-known examples.

Yet not so many people expected their latest move in that direction -- Apple's recent patent application on a new spying technology revealed their plan to dedicate users' devices to their unlimited control.

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