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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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[User Picture]From: sparkin
2008-02-09 06:09 am (UTC)

chiming in

1) It is. It's called "Fair Use" and the reason it can't be PRECISELY codified is Because technology will keep changing, and it's much much much harder to change strict and inflexible rules once they are on the books, then simply applying existing ones. Trouble is, the people creating the legislation as well as those in the courts judging the merits of these regulations as well as the numerous lawsuits that get brought up about this do NOT understand the technology or all it entails. So what we get is strict regulations that suffocate innovation, the exact opposite of what copyrights were created to do.

4) You do realize that the whole point behind penalties is not to make things REASONABLE, but to act as a strong deterrent, right? Although we both know that it's never a tactic that actually works. If penalties for crimes were handed out in such a rational fashion, I don't think criminal justice fiasco's like the war on drugs would be an issue for us freedom-lovin' Americans.

I'm totally down with 2, 3, and 6. 5 if it would work, but it wouldn't. Too much money to be made. That's why Disney's still got Mickey Mouse.
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[User Picture]From: thetathx1138
2008-02-09 03:49 pm (UTC)

Re: chiming in

5 if it would work, but it wouldn't. Too much money to be made. That's why Disney's still got Mickey Mouse.

Yeah, this is really pie-in-the-sky, if-we-lived-in-an-ideal-world stuff, some of it.

Fair Use is as updated as any other kind of copyright law (i.e. it was revisited last in MAYBE '68.) While I agree there has to be some wiggle room, part of the problem is that RIAA and others have been arguing that Fair Use only applies in the physical realm due to the limits on copying physical media inevitably impose.

I want reasonable penalties because strong deterrents have, as you noted, failed and honestly, you're more likely to get the point across by hitting people in their wallet. If you download "Meet the Spartans" illegally, hate it, and then forced to pay ten bucks for it, I honestly think that would curb piracy a lot more effectively than the Civil Lawsuits of Doom RIAA keeps flinging out.
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