[sf-lug] Fwd: Anti-DRM efforts in the San-Francisco area

jim stockford jim at well.com
Tue Jun 6 18:08:08 PDT 2006

I'm for this, how about you guys?
(Saturday, 10:30 AM at Stockton and Ellis--the Apple store)
unless you _like_ DRM, that is.

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Peter Brown <peterb at fsf.org>
> Date: June 6, 2006 2:59:26 PM PDT
> To: Jim Stockford <jim at well.com>, Dick Verna <rverna01 at comcast.net>, 
> Kyle Rankin <kyle at nblug.org>, Peninsula LUG <officers at penlug.org>, 
> Imran Akbar <imr at stanford.edu>, Dmitriy Shirchenko 
> <dima at ocf.berkeley.edu>
> Subject: Anti-DRM efforts in the San-Francisco area
> Hello,
> I have a message below that I would like to get posted for the 
> attention
> of the San Francisco area lugs.
> Let me know if that would be possible.
> Thanks
> peter
> ------------------------------------------------------
> Hello,
> Come and join a group of technologists having some fun, and help get 
> the
> message out about DRM.
> We are organizing a Flash Mob this Saturday at the Apple store in
> San Francisco at 10:30am. All you need do is turn up and join the mob 
> and
> smile for the camera. We will be capturing photos and video to be 
> posted
> on the website http://defectivebydesign.org/
> The first Flash Mob was a lot of fun and got huge coverage with front
> page stories on Slashdot, Digg and BoinBoing. In the 14 since the
> launch on May 23 we have had 2,000 technologists take the pledge to 
> help
> us spread the word about DRM. Raising awareness about DRM is vital.
> These kind of events get the press coverage that gets people discussing
> the issues. Once people know about DRM - we win.
> http://www.boingboing.net/2006/05/23/antidrm_demonstrator.html
> Come and join us and have some fun - and head for lunch afterward to
> hang out with your fellow DRM-fighters.
> Let me know you can make it by emailing me at
> appleflash at defectivebydesign.org (enclose a phone number), and I will
> call you with meet-up info.
> Peter Brown
> Executive Director
> Free Software Foundation
> Tel: +1-617-542-594
> --------------------------------------------------
> What is DRM?
> Technology that restricts what you can do with the electronic devices
> you own and the media you buy. DRM can be deployed in software, 
> hardware
> and content like music or movies. DRM enables Big Media to restrict
> you.
> THEY call it Digital RIGHTS Management - their rights. They want the
> rights to restrict you and your behavior, so we call it Digital
> RESTRICTIONS Management and CRAP (Content, Restriction, Annulment,
> Protection).
> DRM doesn't just restrict the use of music and movies, it can also be
> used to restrict software or access to information. Introducing DRM
> into our computers and devices hands over control to strangers. DRM can
> monitor what you do and report on your behavior.
> What is wrong with Apple and iTunes?
> We have always been able to buy music and copy it for our personal
> needs. We've all made mix tapes for our friends, or burned a copy for
> our car, or for our portable device. Big Media figured that with 
> digital
> technology they could find a way to stop us from doing these things in
> the hope that they could make us pay for every use. Apple has 
> introduced
> DRM into their product lines to please Big Media, and to impose
> restrictions and monitoring. As the largest distributor of DRM
> technology Apple is setting a new low for the mistreatment of our
> freedoms.
> Take back your technology, say no to DRM in your computer and in your
> home. Join DefectiveByDesign.org http://defectivebydesign.org/
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