|Event on Saturday to get DRM out of the Boston Public Library
||[Feb. 7th, 2008|11:04 am]
The Boston Community
DefectiveByDesign.org has announced an action against libraries that support DRM on their collections. Boston locals can join them this Saturday from 1pm to 3pm at the Boston Public Library's main branch, and non-locals are encouraged to stage an action against their own library if it's using DRM.
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(I'll be there.)
"...non-locals are encouraged to stage an action against their own library if it's using DRM."
The way you just spun it to me was that you want to help the library, but in your post "action against" does not seem like something that is very helpful...
I don't mean to ride your ass about this, but I work at a library and that's why I'm bridling at this "protest" business. Libraries, on the whole, are short on staff and money. They're doing what they can to provide what patrons want with limited resources. I think you'd be better served by writing to the appropriate staff members and requesting some sort of a meeting, rather than "staging action against" them.
I see what you mean. We are acting against a choice that was made by the library, and we do think that choice is inconsistent with their mandate. But in the end what we want is to solve the problem of DRM in the library. Also, events like this give supportive voices within the library (I bet there are people there opposed to DRM) something to point to to help their argument. I agree that that quoted bit is a little harsh.
We did, for what it's worth, send the library a public letter quite a while ago. We didn't get a reply.
If you want people to believe that the library chose DRM over non-DRM, you need to provide that information.
2008-02-09 02:58 pm (UTC)
Hey wait a minute.
If you're referring to Richard Stallman's letter from a couple years ago, I replied to him personally. That's never been acknowledged on the FSF site.
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