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ipod power/data connectors. Sony power connectors.

Proprietary connectors are stupid.

 

Engineered, agreed-upon standards like USB, coaxial power, PS/2, VGA, DVI, 1/8"audio- those we know and love.

 

Model: Alex Shifrin. Photography: me.

I just got a television with an HDMI hookup, a new Series 3 Tivo, and I already had a Slingbox. This is what I see through my Slingbox now when I try to view it. Why? DRM, Digital Restrictions Management.

 

www.defectivebydesign.org/what_is_drm

This is a series of posters and print ads for DefectiveByDesign.org, an advocacy group that sees DRM or Digital Rights Management technology -- such as that used by Apple Computer on iTunes and iPods -- as unfairly trampling the rights of ordinary people to do what they want with their digital music and media.

This is a series of posters and print ads for DefectiveByDesign.org, an advocacy group that sees DRM or Digital Rights Management technology -- such as that used by Apple Computer on iTunes and iPods -- as unfairly trampling the rights of ordinary people to do what they want with their digital music and media.

This is a series of posters and print ads for DefectiveByDesign.org, an advocacy group that sees DRM or Digital Rights Management technology -- such as that used by Apple Computer on iTunes and iPods -- as unfairly trampling the rights of ordinary people to do what they want with their digital music and media.

defectivebydesign.org/

Not a politically correct graphic, but an attention getting one.

Here is another sample of Free Software Foundation stickers that I bought.

 

Credit: My sister, Asma.

"If you legally acquire music you need to have the right to manage it on all other devices that you own." -- Steve Jobs

Here is a sample of Free Software Foundation stickers that I bought.

 

One package contains 50 stickers like these (among other stickers).

 

Credit: My sister, Asma.

I just got a television with an HDMI hookup, a new Series 3 Tivo, and I already had a Slingbox. This is what I see through my Slingbox now when I try to view it. Why? DRM, Digital Restrictions Management.

 

www.defectivebydesign.org/what_is_drm

I just got a television with an HDMI hookup, a new Series 3 Tivo, and I already had a Slingbox. This is what I see through my Slingbox now when I try to view it. Why? DRM, Digital Restrictions Management.

 

www.defectivebydesign.org/what_is_drm

HP assembles its desktop computers in such a way so as to make it impossible for the average user to actually go inside and install extra memory, swap out the hard drives or in any way to change the factory specifications.

"DefectiveByDesign.org is a broad-based, anti-DRM campaign that is targeting Big Media, unhelpful manufacturers and DRM distributors. It aims to make all manufacturers wary about bringing their DRM-enabled products to market. The campaign aims to identify “defective” products for the consumer. Users are being asked to stand up in defense of their existing freedoms."

Hazmat suits = sweat bags of death. But they sure are snazzy!

"DefectiveByDesign.org is a broad-based, anti-DRM campaign that is targeting Big Media, unhelpful manufacturers and DRM distributors. It aims to make all manufacturers wary about bringing their DRM-enabled products to market. The campaign aims to identify “defective” products for the consumer. Users are being asked to stand up in defense of their existing freedoms."

Adding some real news to the Dallas Morning News!

This is the image on the boxes fo rthe tyvek suits we used for the defectivebydesign action

Why do we accept intrusions into our digital lives that we would never have accepted in the analog age? It just doesn't make any sense! I think people simply don't realize the rights they are giving up when they buy items with digital restrictions management. Really you aren't buying didly squat you are renting and if the company decides they no longer want to rent to you, poof goes your purchase.

 

It's already happened countless times in the music world and now it happens with Amazon.com and the Kindle. Oh the sweet, delicious irony that they chose to remove Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm from the Kindles of people who had bought them. Sure, they had accidentally sold a bootleg copy, but that's Amazon's mistake, not the buyer's. If you bought a bootleg book at Borders no one is going to come to your house to demand you give it back. And if they do, you can hide it and say you have already given it to someone else. But when you only have a digital copy on the Kindle, they can wipe it off whenever they want.

 

And there it goes. I was never going to buy a Kindle because you give up other rights such as the right to lend someone a book or resell it. It's all a scam! DO NOT buy Kindles or books on the Kindle and don't fall for other such scams. Keep buying regular paper books until we can get a system that guarantees that you own the books you buy. You can lend it out, resell it, and no one can delete it from your ebook reader.

 

Here we only had an example of corporate greed, but what if the government had Amazon.com change the contents of books without even telling you. Don't license your books digitally - go and buy them in physical form.

An example of why I don't like DRM...

 

A Canadian who's over here helping with stability ops (supervising road building, etc...) came to me with his iPod shuffle. His daughter gave it to him, and loaded a bunch of songs on it -- using her computer.

 

He's frustrated because he can't put any new songs on it without erasing the songs his daughter picked for him, Apple's DRM will only sync one Shuffle to one computer at a time. He found a website that documents a hack to add songs to the shuffle and asked me if I could do it for him.

 

I warned him I'd never tried this before and it might wipe the songs.

 

I obliged, and now he can put new songs on it, but it wiped out his previous library. Now he's sad because he can't listen to the songs his daughter picked out for him.

 

So here's a guy who's halfway across the world in a war zone trying to fix the place and he can't put new music on a device which he owns... Really? He owns the device, but is locked out.

 

This is real-world sadness. I mean, there are people worse off, Afghanistan is full of them, but I can tell by his voice that music meant a lot to him. He was desperately trying to figure out a way to both listen to his old music and add a few songs.

 

I'm restoring as much of his library as I can, he knows which albums were on there. Thanks LimeWire.

 

DRM breaks otherwise good products.

This morning the DefectiveByDesign.org DRM Elimination Crew took to the streets of Seattle to inform attendees of WinHEC2006 of the dangers of DRM and that software and hardware that is DRM enables is "Defective By Design"

www.defectivebydesign.org

  

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Newspaper advert for "What is DRM?" by Florida Free Culture for Day Against DRM, Oct. 3, 2006.

Copyright © Copyleft: this work of art is free, you can redistribute it and/or modify it according to terms of the Free Art license. You will find a specimen of this license on the site Copyleft Attitude artlibre.org as well as on other sites.

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