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DRM - Example of Technology that Restricts our Freedom

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Defective by design are those products that don't allow their users full freedom of use of those products, such as products that contain digital rights management (DRM) components. You must ahave had close encounter with some such products, but their omnipresence has resulted in a situation in which they are not really perceived as threats to our freedoms.

Defective by Design is a broad-based anti-DRM campaign that is targeting Big Media, unhelpful manufacturers and DRM distributors. The campaign aims to make all manufacturers wary about bringing their DRM-enabled products to market. DRM products have features built-in that restrict what jobs they can do. These products have been intentionally crippled from the users' perspective, and are therefore "defective by design". This campaign will identify these “defective” products, and target them for elimination. We aim to make DRM an anti-social technology. We aim for the abolition of DRM as a social practice.

Digital rights management (DRM) is a class of access control technologies that are used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders and individuals with the intent to limit the use of digital content and devices after sale. DRM opponents argue that the presence of DRM violates existing private property rights and restricts a range of heretofore normal and legal user activities. A DRM component would control a device a user owns (such as a Digital audio player) by restricting how it may act with regards to certain content, overriding some of the user's wishes (for example, preventing the user from burning a copyrighted song to CD as part of a compilation or a review).  All forms of DRM depend on the DRM enabled device (e.g., computer, DVD player, TV) imposing restrictions that (at least by intent) cannot be disabled or modified by the user. It has also been pointed out that it is entirely unclear whether owners of content with DRM are legally permitted to pass on their property as inheritance to another person.

On May 4th, members of the Defective by Design DRM Elimination Crew all over the world will join together at local events to protest Digital Restrictions Management. Events will be held in: United States of America,Spain, United Kingdom, Norway,  Italy, Japan and Portugal.

Dok je DRM u velikoj mjeri pobjeđen kada je u pitanju preuzeta muzika, problematična zona ostaju e-knjige, jer su slobode da se iste posude, preprodaju, doniraju, čitaju bez praćenja, ili prebace na drugi uređaj bez ponovne kupovine, značajno ograničene. Poznati su i slučajevi kada su e-knjige obrisane od strane kompanija bez korisničkog pristanka.

Defective by Design invites you to help raise awareness of free software within your social networks.
They recommend these sites because they follow ethical guidelines and respect their users:

Other popular sites for sharing news are a problem for technology users -- they are set up to lock users to their services and deny them basic privacy and autonomy. But it's important that we let people everywhere know about the importance of free software, so if you have an account on these sites, please help spread the word.

**If you use Twitter, consider avoiding their use of proprietary JavaScript by using a free software client such as pidgin or gwibber; you can also link your identi.ca account to your Twitter account!

Defective by Design asks of you not to let sharing important news about free software lead to further use of these sites.

Thank you for promoting free software! You can learn more about the issues with network services at http://autonomo.us.

Fell free to create your own poster, or you can use some of the available posters.

Some of DRM-free supporters:

The largest science fiction publisher in the world, Tom Doherty Associates (čiji naljepnice uključuju Tor, Forge, Orb, and Starscape books) announced on Tuesday, April 24th, that "by early July 2012, their entire list of e-books will be available DRM-free."

Speaking at the Digital Book World Conference in New York last week, Matteo Berlucchi, CEO of Anobii, urged major book publishers to abandon their use of DRM on ebooks. HarperCollins, Penguin, and Random House each have a stake in the ebook retail and social networking company based in the UK. Berlucchi also argued that "ebooks without DRM technology are easily shareable between users, just like print books," and therefore, "books without DRM are more valuable to readers."

Boston's Louis CK has a new show on his website, but he's doing things a little differently with this one. To quote his site: "No DRM, no regional restrictions, no crap. You can download this file, play it as much as you like, burn it to a DVD, whatever." Within 12 days Louis CK was able to earn over $1 million from sales of this DRM-free download.

Some of defective by design...

Amazon Kindle is Defective by Design
Lending and borrowing are not desirable activities. They are things we do when we have to, when there isn't enough of something to go around. Not to say that lending something like a book to a friend is without benefits beyond access to the material; it can create a shared experience that makes for good conversation, or provide an excuse to see each other.

Apple is Defective by Design
Apple is a prominent user of DRM--Digital Restrictions Management.
You aren't free to install the applications you want on your iPhone and iPod Touch. Apple is the final arbiter of which applications are allowed and which are not. Contrast this with your home computer, on which you can install any program you like. The iPhone won't play patent- and DRM-free formats like Ogg Vorbis and Theora, either.

Boycott Sony

Sony is using legal actions to harass and intimidate individuals who are modifying their own PS3 systems. Defective by Design supporters are boycotting Sony. Sony's harassment of hackers and disregard for computer users' freedom should be enough of a reason for you to boycott them.

Let Barnes and Noble know the Nook is defective by design
While The Nook itself is a fairly standard Android device under the hood, and as such could be loaded with ebook reader applications avaible from the F-Droid marketplace such as FBReader, which supports all the major formats for DRM-free ebooks and some lesser known ones too, Barnes & Noble has shown no interest in this direction.

(source: zenskaposla.ba)

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