DRM Elimination Crew Hits The Streets
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Sun, 2007-05-27 22:41
On Friday, DefectiveByDesign members hit the streets to tell the public about Disney, DRM and the Intellectual Property Protection Act 2007 (IPPA2007).
In Boston a large group composed of DefectiveByDesign members, and activists from FreeCulture.org and BinaryFreedom.info gathered, at Boston's main cinema on Boston Common.
IPPA Disney DRM Fact Sheet
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-05-25 08:01
We created this fact sheet (PDF)for use at May 25th Actions around the world. Download your own copy, print some out and give them to friends.
Amazon to sell music without DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-05-18 13:28
Another nail in the coffin for DRM on digital music downloads. Amazon officially announced this week that it will sell digital music without DRM in the MP3 format (which still is proprietary and covered by software patents).
FSF Launches PlayOgg.org
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2007-05-17 11:51
Now that the record labels are starting to drop DRM, major retailers like Amazon are announcing their plans to distribute music unencumbered by DRM. This is a huge victory!
Alberto Gonzales Not Satsified with destroying Department of Justice...
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-05-16 13:11
On Monday the disgraced Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who has done a pretty good job of destroying the reputation of the Justice Department announced that he wants to destroy computer users rights by proposing laws to protect "intellectual property".
HBO wants us to stop using "DRM"
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-05-11 17:15
But they don't want to drop the restrictions! Earlier this week an HBO Executive, Bob Zitter, caught alot of flack in the blogosphere (and rightly so) for suggesting the only problem with DRM is the name, and that renaming the same restrictions "Digital Consumer Enablement" would solve the problem.
We like to point to a quote from a Disney exec from a ways back "If the consumer even knows there is a DRM we've lost." And by all accounts, they've all lost! Through the work of groups like ours, we have informed users about DRM. And now they don't want it.
ArsTechnica Looks at RIAA and RICO
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-05-11 16:43
In a detailed article, ArsTechnica looks at whether or not the RIAA could be tried under the RICO statutes that have typically been used to prosecute organized crime.
And the conclusion:
BBC Chooses DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-05-11 16:37
Earlier this week Boing Boing covered the BBC Trusts poor decision to opt for proprietary formats and DRM in their online offerings. Ars Technica has a good article on the decision. If you are a UK resident, you should continue to make your displeasure with DRM known to BBC.
Over 1200 Signers to Bronfman Letter
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2007-05-03 11:13
In a little over 2 days over 1200 people have signed the open letter to Edgar Bronfman, Jr. of Warner Music.
Spread the word to your friends or sign it today if you have not yet. We'll be sending it out Friday afternoon.
EFF on the Legal Issues Surrounding the AACS Encryption Key
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2007-05-03 06:16
The EFF has a good article on the legal issues surrounding the AACS encryption key that made such a stir on Digg earlier this week.
Dell to Offer Computers without Microsoft OS
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-05-02 12:53
A while back I pointed folks to Dell's IdeaStorm website where they were soliciting feedback from customers about what products they offered. Overwhelmingly people wanted Dell machines with GNU/Linux operating systems.
The Economist Comes Out Against DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-05-02 00:34
Here are some highlights:
Most people think it ludicrous that they can’t do the same with the DVDs they own. Now it seems, despite squeals from the movie industry, the law is finally moving in the video fan’s favour.
Digg Users Revolt Over DRM Encryption Key
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-05-01 23:49
Congratulations to the Digg users who revolted against the censorship of a number today. Digg took down stories that featured the DRM encryption key for HD DVD encryption. Digg users then started reposting it until the entire front page of Digg was covered with the story and each one had thousands of Diggs.
After tens of thousands of diggs on multiple stories, Digg has decided to stop fighting it.
A Letter to Warner Chairman Edgar Bronfman
Dear Chairman Bronfman,
Recent weeks have brought major changes in the music industry as it relates to online digital music distribution. Apple and EMI have now committed to distributing without Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), and there have been similar announcements from other online music stores and retailers. Last week brought news that Universal Music may be opening up some of their catalog to DRM free sales too.
Warner Music Wake Up Call
Wired on EBooks
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-04-27 09:50
Wired has a good blog post up about ebooks and how DRM has stymied adoption, "The why of that has many faces, but DRM plays its part. Taking a historically commonplace form of expression, freely portable in its traditional format, and turning it into an ephemeral, hardware-specific, proprietary service?"
Jobs: Apple Customers Don't Want to Rent Music
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Fri, 2007-04-27 08:52
There has been some recent chatter on the internet about the possibility of Apple introducing a subscription based service. Steve Jobs may have just put that speculation to rest:
"Never say never, but customers don't seem to be interested in it," Jobs told Reuters in an interview after Apple reported blow-out quarterly results. "The subscription model has failed so far."
This was reported on CNN.
MPAA Softens Stance on DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-04-25 10:10
"MPAA Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman told an industry gathering that the industry "wholeheartedly supports legitimate copying." (since when? Ed) So reports StreamingMedia today in a nice wrap up of recent DRM related news.
Glickman was addressing a conference on the topic of DRM. He does support DRM, of course, but would really like the ever elusive interoperable type - the type that would allow user's right to copy content they have legally acquired but somehow prevent sharing.
Warner Music and AnyWhereCD.com Trade Law Suits
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-04-25 09:59
The last two weeks have been a rough road in the news for AnywhereCD.com, (also being the first 2 weeks of AnywhereCD.com). Well seems like this week brings news that AnywhereCD is suing Warner Music, and Warner is suing AnywhereCD.
P2PNet: Jobs Shifting DRM Blame on Majors
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Wed, 2007-04-25 09:51
P2PNet has a story up about Steve Jobs turning the blame for DRM on to the majors (and doing it well). As the story points out, Jobs could still be doing more, like offering independent labels music without DRM. HypeBot makes this case calling on Jobs to open up the DRM-Free playing field.
Amazon to Launch DRM Free Digital Downloads
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-04-24 20:54
ArsTechnica reports that Amazon is poised to launch a digital download store selling MP3 tracks free of DRM. The Amazon store will feature EMI's catalog and may also offer Universal's classical catalog. The latter offering would be a huge development for DRM free digital downloads.
Other Music Digital Store sans DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-04-24 20:49
Saw this on Digg earlier this week: Other Music, an eclectic music store in New York City is now offering DRM free digital downloads. I only bring it up because I used to frequent OM for music tickets and rare electronica when I lived near by in the East Village.
All of the tracks here are sold as premium-quality 320kbps DRM-free mp3s. All of our titles are hand-picked.
E-Music Second Largest Online Music Store after iTMS
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-04-17 22:36
eMusic announced today that with300 thousand users it is the second largest digital music download service on the web. eMusic's success proves that you don't need DRM to do business. Unfortunately, eMusic only offers mp3 files, when they should be offering the unencumbered OGG format instead (check out why).
Record Labels Watermark Promo Tracks with DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-04-17 22:17
A DBD member recently sent us word that music reviewers are being hampered by DRM watermarks on promo tracks. One label out of Sweden has set up a petition to record companies asking them to stop because, among other reasons:
Help Save Internet Radio
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-04-17 22:10
Only tangentially related to DRM in that the perpetrator of the crime against the public is the same, internet radio is under attack!
The RIAA and record companies have been pushing for an increase in royalties for internet radio play. The increase is absurdly high compared to the royalties other formats (terrestrial and satellite) pay.
The Copyright Royalty Board rejected a request for appeal filed by NPR and other webcasters.
Vista Badge Means DRM
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2007-04-16 11:06
The Inquirer has an article up about Vista and DRM. The piece drives pretty hard on this single point : Vista is all about DRM and DRM is bad for the user.
As we have been saying for years now, DRM infections have no positives for the user, there is literally no good that you get from them. Everything they do is negative under each and every scenario. While the content mafiaa gets positively orgasmic over the money they will rake in while you twist, the whole industry tanks.
The Music Industry is in Trouble and DRM Can't Save It
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2007-04-12 14:39
"Unfortunately for the record labels, it looks like the glory days of the mid-90s have vanished forever, and no amount of lawsuits, DRM, or licensing deals will be able to turn back the clock."
RIAA Calls Steve Jobs "Hypocrite"
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Thu, 2007-04-12 13:58
The Inquirer is running a stroy on a presentation made by David Hughes of the RIAA at Arizona State University:
DAVID HUGHES, senior vice president of technology for the RIAA, dubbed the spiritual leader of Apple Steve Jobs as a "hypocrite" over his attitude to DRM on iTunes.
While Steve has been banging on about the music companies dropping DRM he has been unwilling to sell his Pixar movies through iTunes without DRM and DVDs without CSS encryption.
Mark Shuttleworth on the Futility of DRM (in video)
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Tue, 2007-04-10 13:53
"There are some ideas that are broken, but attractive enough to some people that they are doomed to be tried again and again. DRM is one of them."
Mark Shuttleworth (of Ubuntu Fame) writes on his personal blog recently about the futility of DRM specifically focusing on video. It is a well written piece that should be mandatory for anyone working in the content industry.
Job Opening at the FSF Running Activist Campaigns
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2007-04-09 16:10
Over the last year the Free Software Foundation, through the DefectiveByDesign campaign and the BadVista.org campaign, has taken actions around the country (and the world) in defense of computer users' freedoms. In that time we have gotten major press, brought people together for real world actions, educated computer users and music lovers about the dangers of DRM and the problems with Microsoft Vista, and we are making gains in the securing greater freedoms for users.