DRM loathing spreads around the world: next stop, Brazil

In South America, the Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade at a Brazilian law school has joined forces with consumer group Idec to mount an anti-DRM campaign of its own. The group doesn't advocate an end to copyright; indeed, they talk about the importance of "legitimate compensation of the creators." But they worry that DRM can be used to curtail fair use rights or to prohibit uses that would otherwise be legal (buying a DVD legally in the US, for instance, then returning to Brazil only to find that it won't play).

A "DRM elimination crew" is active in India, while youths in yellow suits can be found passing out literature on Swedish streetcorners. Defective by Design, a group started by the Free Software Foundation, has launched a petition to Bono in the hopes that the U2 front man will advocate against DRM when he has a bit of time left over from playing sold-out rock shows and drumming up more money for Africa.

The US has seen its share of anti-DRM campaigns as well. Apple Stores are a frequent target, since they're located in highly-visible urban areas. Jumping into the biohazard suits and picketing the Wal-Mart in Rhinelander just doesn't seem worth it, somehow, but the Apple Store in San Francisco? Absolutely. Defective by Design even organized a worldwide "Day Against DRM" last fall.

News source: Ars Technica

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... Free Software Foundation, has launched a petition to Bono in the hopes that the U2 front man will advocate against DRM when he has a bit of time left over from playing sold-out rock shows and drumming up more money for Africa.

What a great idea. We all know he's not nearly sanctimonious and irritating enough as it is, just banging on about poverty. I hate pop stars who think they have power.

they don't think they have power they know they have power. and the truth is they do have power, surprisingly a lot of power actually.

Who ever said anyone likes DRM?

I don't like locks on cars and doors, but I'm not going to leave my car or house unlocked to find out what would happen.

Not quite. DRM is a lock, and only one person has the key. You can get in and out as often as you like, as long as you don't try to share the key with a few thousand other people as well.

Heck, they've even propsed DRM-less protected music, but people complain about that too. So it's not DRM that's the problem, it's people wanting something for nothing that's the real issue.

DMR and locks on cars are so far from being able to be compared that this statement is ridiculous. yers DRM is a lock however you can't even share it with your self legally, its like saying i have a key for my car and i want to make a spare encase this one breaks, but the person that cuts your key says, sorry i can't copy this key becasue it hink you stole it.

If locks on cars stopped you from getting into your car from anywhere but your home then they may be like drm, if you could only drive your car using a GPS from the company that makes the car then it's like drm, if your map book did not work with your car becasue they werent compatible then thats like drm. If macdonalds did not let you through their drivethough becasue you drove a ford, thats like drm

The issues with DRM are the fact you do not have access to use content you pay for on any device you want to use it on

the fact you can only play stuff donlwoaded from apple on an ipod and not a zune, the fact you canb downlaod music from MS and play it on zune but not ipod. this is the issue with DRM not copyright

As if brazilians were not crackers by default.
Its a social conviction in brazil, lots of people who use piracy do it thinking in hurt the companys, lol.
I dont see a big change if DRM is in or out, people unlock everything after buying anyway.

not everyone unlocks everythign as soon as they get it, some haev no idea how!! and piracy really doesn't hurt the companies that much, most people that pirate stuff aint goign to buy it ever no matter what. really all drm and antipiracy schemes do is increase the cost of everythign, and for what so it can be cracked in a efw days/weeks. really if they gave up on the anti piracy protection and just sold the product chneaper they will sell more and have less issues with piracy, i would have no isse paying $50 for a game but $100 is just insane. as fro windows, there is no way possibel that MS can actually sell winodws for the price it is and say they have to sell it for that much to make money.