People all over the world spoke out against Digital Restrictions Imperialism with flyering, rallies, jam sessions, and writings. International Day Against DRM was a landslide of community activism in support of media users’ rights. Protestors at the New York City Apple store were evicted by uncomfortable security guards. Principled cooks in Italy created painfully spicy — but tasty-looking — DRM-themed snacks to illustrate the bait-and-switch deception of DRM-encumbered media and digital assets. And a solitary activist took on the entire University of Illinois at Chicago campus with nothing but a few hundred flyers and an unflappable attitude. As of the time of this writing, we’ve heard about three times as many organized events as last year, a total of fifteen. Great job, anti-DRM community!
This was an empowering and memorable ninth International Day Against DRM, and it shows our efforts to raise public awareness about DRM are working. But our work is far from over. Even if you are ready to pledge a lifetime commitment to the iPod as your only brand of music player or iPhone as your only cell phone, you may find that copy protection will, sooner or later, cause you grief. You are always going to have to buy Apple stuff. Forever and ever. Because your iTunes will not play on anyone else’s hardware. It is true for most of big brands and their affiliates.
APPfied services dictate what we watch, use surveillance on us while we watch it, and through it all, make use of digital restrictions to keep viewers helpless and unable to exert meaningful control on how they choose to experience movies, music, television and education. Not only do they keep subscribers trapped in the “walled gardens” of their service, but these dis-services dictate exactly how the works they distribute can be viewed, down to mandating the use of proprietary software and hardware that curtails user freedom. We deserve better.
To support DRM and digital liberty, we are streaming good music with self-permission …. which corporate oligarchies cum cronies advocates to own copyright & patents, so it can share our art back to us for its capital growth and why? Create, share and listen to streaming music playlists for free and fight for westernized LOL profiteers taking over your right to art with smart ancestral copyright corruption laws, mobile apps and modern junk. We also help transparent entities to create and publish their own media channels or platforms and establish communities (mobile, apps, ai bots, iot code, tech ideas, audio, video, website) to build on free and open Internet – source of NetNeutrality!