Thursday, February 23, 2006

It's up to us

The motion picture and audio recording industries are plotting draconian measures in order to squeeze as much money as they can from us, their customers.
Yes I'm talking about DRM. DRM is a technique that prevents us, the customers from exercising our rights over the product we legally purchased. When you buy DRM infested product, you give away your legal rights over the product leaving all rights in the hands of the IP owner.
From RIAA point of view it's illegal to even copy you legally purchased CD into your digital music player.

Mike Evangelist is calling to boycott the HD television and video, that will be infested with draconian DRM. I urge you to read his post. I also recommend to read some of the articles by Cory Doctorow.

Mike is calling for the boycott of the HD. I call you to boycott all DRM.
The media is silent, they don't tell you about the dangers of the DRM. It seems that it is our job. Don't let them win, or we will all be sorry.


Yury Puzis said...

what about Blue-ray dvd? Aren't those will be drm-enabled as well?

Woland said...

Mike and I were talking about HD video, it doesn't matter what is the media type, HD DVD or Blu-Ray. They both incorporate DRM.

Irina Tsukerman said...

The end is near. We're all doomed! DOOMED!

But seriously, thanks for the warning. Not that I buy many DVDs, but still.

Woland said...

I understand you sarcasm, but it has very deep deprecations. You don't even imagine how deep. You should really read Cory Doctorow. He is talking about monitoring and censuring at the hardware level in every consumer product. Hard drive manufactures might make hard drives that will "refuse" to store "inappropriate" data, and so on.

We can vote against that. In general elections and with our wallets. Given the fact that politicians are greedy, I think that the second measure will be more effective.

Irina Tsukerman said...

I see what you're saying. To be honest with you, I'm very skeptical about our ability to change anything, but of course, if given an occasion, I would certainly speak out against it. It's clearly not a good thing.

Woland said...

From what I hear, there are many people concerned with this. You saw what happened to Sony when they tried that dirty stunt of theirs.