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Event on Saturday to get DRM out of the Boston Public Library [Feb. 7th, 2008|11:04 am]
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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.

Read story at Digg

(I'll be there.)

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From: mogaribue
2008-02-08 12:08 am (UTC)
Fun examples of DRM in action:

Macrovision. You use your VCR to hook up your video input. You play a movie on your DVD player. The VCR, even though it's not recording, distorts the picture. You'll need to buy a device from Radioshack for $50 which will make the picture shitty, or re-architect your home theater.

DVD CSS. You buy a DVD. You go home to watch it on your Linux box. It doesn't play (or at least, back when I used Linux at home). In order to watch it, you have to download software from another country and violate the DMCA.

Sony Rootkit. Sony installs a kernel root-kit when you try to play your CD on windows. This can not only adversely affect your operating system, but the same 'stealth' methods Sony uses to hide it software can than be utilized by hackers. They can use the Sony rootkit to hide their own files.

You purchased a movie from the Google Video Store. They closed shop. You can now no longer watch your movie.

You buy a new CD, rip it, and put it on your iPod. The RIAA sues you, claiming you're making illegal copies (they backed off on this one).

And the list goes on and on. That being said, I don't think protesting the BPL because they have a few copy-protected DVDs is going to accomplish anything.
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