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News :: Education : Organizing : Technology
May 25th Action - Say No to DRM+Disney+Gonzales
22 May 2007
On Friday May 25th, Disney launches "Pirates of the Caribbean, at World's End",
a movie about a diverse community coming together to fight the far-reaching and
oppressive East India Trading Company to preserve their freedom-loving
lifestyle (sound kind of familiar?)., BinaryFreedom, Free Software
Foundation and Free Culture activists will be heading to the Boston Common theater (175 Tremont St) to help educate the movie-going public about the
horrendous "Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007" as advocated by disgraced US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

we will head over to the Boston Common at
17:00. We expect to stay until around 20:00. If you know you'll be coming,
please let us know at campaigns (at)

On Monday, US Attorney General Gonzales called on Congress to enact a sweeping new bill entitled the "Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007" (IPPA) that would amongst other things:

* Increase penalties for circumventing a DRM scheme
* Criminalize "attempting" to infringe copyright
* Permit more wiretaps for investigating copyright violations
* Add penalties for "intended" copyright crimes

This proposed legislation is a result of Hollywood's lobbying, serving their special interests at the expense of the public good. As we have seen, thanks to the recent events like the Digg revolt, the public have turned against DRM. The illegal hex code that can be used to remove the DRM from HD-DVD can now be found on over a million web pages. But this isn't deterring Hollywood yet.

Hollywood are attempting to scare us all into accepting DRM. Now is the time to take action!

As you know, Disney is a leading supporter of DRM in video and movies and a proponent of the permanent extension of copyright, sometimes called the "Mickey Mouse Act". Disney is founding members of AACSLA, the organization that license the HD-DVD DRM scheme. They are a driving force behind the MPAA and one of the main instigators of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) - that makes circumventing a DRM scheme a crime.
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