35 Days Against DRM -- Day 4: BBC iPlayer
It has been a while since we touched on the BBC iPlayer, that DRM-encumbered behemoth, coveted by so many at the BBC as its answer to the internet age.
A quick recap of the facts:
News reports and response from the BBC's Ashley Highfield
BBC iPlayer protest report
Read the Press Reports and Response from the BBC
We have had beautiful weather in London since I arrived in the UK on August 4. But today with the protest about to kick off it's tipping down. I'm in my hired car and "luckily" I get a puncture right outside BBC television center on Wood Lane. With no parking in the area, this gives me 90 minutes for the road side rescue to come and change my tire without getting towed. With hazmat suits, large signs and flyers to drop off, this makes life much easier.
BBC iPlayer Protests
Protests in London and Manchester on Tuesday, August 14
Free The BBC Site launched
Binary Freedom just launched FreeTheBBC.info with an open letter to the BBC regarding their decision to use proprietary formats and DRM despite overwhelming public comment early this year in support of open formats and content free of DRM.
BBC Chooses DRM
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.
BBC holding public consultation on adding DRM to it's content
The BBC is holding a Public Consultation as to whether and how to implement DRM on BBC content. They have a form up on their website that allows constituents to air their opinions on a number of questions.
Advogato has a good post about the issues at hand with some recommended answers.