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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: 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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