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Announcement :: Media : Organizing : Technology
Anti-DRM Protest in Cambridge
08 Jun 2006
Modified: 11:29:34 AM
Direct action group DefectiveByDesign.org is organizing a flash protest at the Cambridge Apple Store to draw attention to Apple's use of "Digital Restrictions Management" (DRM) in iPods and iTunes. DRM is the annoying technology imposed by the movie and music industry that is quickly becoming a hot topic for consumers. In targeting Apple, DefectiveByDesign has also released details of their new marketing campaign spoofing the well know iPod commercials. The images released show a female iPod user tied up by the ubiquitous white earbud cord. The images are now available.
Saturday, June 10th 11am (local time) - Technologists to descend upon Apple Stores throughout the USA, in flash mob actions warning consumers about Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) found in Apple's iPod and iTunes.

DRM is the annoying technology imposed by the movie and music industry that is quickly becoming a hot topic for consumers.

The grass roots group DefectiveByDesign.org has caused controversy within the on-line Community with their high profile events that have seen Hazmat suit wearing protesters targeting high-tech companies for distributing defective products containing DRM.

In targeting Apple, DefectiveByDesign has also released details of their new marketing campaign spoofing the well know iPod commercials. The images released show a female iPod user tied up by the ubiquitous white earbud cord. The images are now available.

For more on recent DRM news:
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/may2006/tc20060526_680075
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/05/apig_report_ready/
http://arstechnica.com/journals/microsoft.ars/2006/6/5/4223
http://entertainment.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/05/23/2219219&tid=1

WHAT: Apple iPod and iTunes Flash Mob protesters wearing Hazmat suits.

WHEN: Saturday June 10th 11:00am (local time)

WHERE: Apple Store Boston: 100 Cambridgeside Galleria, Cambridge, MA 02141
See also:
http://www.defectivebydesign.org/node/95

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Re: Anti-DRM Protest in Cambridge
08 Jun 2006
Is this a joke? There is a lot of in-fighting and bullshit on this site, granted, but at least the subject matter generally reflects the life and death nature of the realities facing the world today. Am I to infer from your post that you have looked at all the issues facing humanity, which need the attention of motivated and principled people, and have chosen to organize around the issue of an annoyance when bootlegging movies and music? That is BUNK! Get back to me when you have a relevant issue to protest. Rob
Re: Anti-DRM Protest in Cambridge
10 Jun 2006
this is actually the most important issue out there when it comes to protecting your digital freedoms. DRM is more than just an annoyance- it's software built-in to all the hardware you buy (ipods, DVD players, cars, routers, everything electronic pretty much) that has built-in limitations so you can't do with it what you want without breaking the law. if DRM had been implemented 10 years ago, there would be no such thing as file sharing nowadays. it's basically an attempt to create a corporate monopoly on all digital culture. myspace bands, for example, wouldn't exist. right now, if you buy a DVD in europe, you won't be able to watch it on your DVD player in boston because of DRM- you have to buy it again in the united states. corporations like apple and sony are trying to make every piece of hardware you buy defective by design.
Re: Anti-DRM Protest in Cambridge
10 Jun 2006
Am I just missing something here? "Protecting your digital freedoms" ? I mean I'm in a band, and we're on myspace and that's great and all, and I like to download music too. But have you looked at the state of humanity lately? As you read this people are toiling in the worst possible conditions in Congo to mine coltan which goes into every cell phone, mp3 player and computer. Congo, which is currently home to the world’s bloodiest and most violent conflict. This is just one thing off the top of my head that is far more significant than DRM and needs to be addressed through organized opposition . Am I wrong? Rob
www.apscuhuru.org
Re: Anti-DRM Protest in Cambridge
11 Jun 2006
I agree with Rob on the priorities. I also have to say, though, that at least supporter gives me some impression of what DRM is. The post is pretty opaque. The only definition is that "DRM is the annoying technology imposed by the movie and music industry that is quickly becoming a hot topic for consumers." Maybe I'm just not in on the "hot topics," but as a pretty tech-savvy guy, I'm left scratching my head wondering what "annoying technology" this is. How are you going to build a campaign this way?
Re: Anti-DRM Protest in Cambridge
11 Jun 2006
so its invalid to protest on issues that aren't at the top of your priorities list?

Corporate America overstepping its bounds and commodifying our culture has huge implications for the rights of free speech and free press. Many atrocities and dictatorial governments have been supported by the US to ensure the support of draconian copyright enforcement. Standing against the hijacking of culture is to be commended even if it is not the problem you’d give top billing to. I’m glad to hear this happened, I wish I could have been there.
Re: Anti-DRM Protest in Cambridge
11 Jun 2006
So did anyone go?

I enjoy the freedom to download and swap files, but I won't show up for any demostration that can't translate the work "corporation" into the forbidden to consider concept CAPITALISM.

Things that rile middle class cranks don't easily translate into anger on the streets. Middle class people by their very nature are flighty and easily distracted. They will complain loudly about a social problem, but be nowhere to be found when a demonstration is to be called. Like leaves on a tree they blow in whatever direction the wind pushes them. A political movement that bases itself on the middle class has a foundation of sand.
Today's irony
12 Jun 2006
Fourier writes:

> I won't show up for any demostration that can't translate the
> work "corporation" into the forbidden to consider concept
> CAPITALISM.

Then writes:

> They will complain loudly about a social problem, but be
> nowhere to be found when a demonstration is to be called.

Hmmmm...
Re: Anti-DRM Protest in Cambridge
18 Jun 2006
an electronic fronteir foundation flash video explaining DRM: http://www.eff.org/corrupt/