Apple Store iTunes Protests are Plain Crazy

Last week, I posted that I thought it was time for Apple, for its own sake if nothing else, modified the FairPlay DRM on tracks downloaded from the iTunes Music Store. It generated quite a debate, and most of you disagreed with me. Having read this report about protests at Apple Stores over the weekend, I’m beginning to agree with you.

If there’s one thing that’s likely to push normally fair-minded, liberal thinkers like yours truly to an extreme point of view, it’s a bunch of rent-a-mob protesters talking through their rear-ends.

Here’s what DefectiveByDesign which organised the protests had to say ‘Apple claims that people would steal from them if they didn’t use DRM, and that they have to protect themselves. This is how they would like to portray it, but it’s not how it is. Inclusion of DRM in products sold by Apple and other companies is inspired by their greed and desire to control us. To accomplish their goals, they want to monitor, report, and regulate your every interaction with your computer and electronics.’

Whaaaat? Yes it is how it is. But that’s academic, because without DRM there would be no legal music downloads, ever. Because as many of you pointed out in the comments to last weeks post, the record companies wouldn’t allow it. It’s about protecting the rights of copyright owners to be paid for the work they own the rights to and of artists to be paid for their work.

Here’s what DefectivebyDesign says on its website ‘There is no more important cause for electronic freedoms and privacy than the call for action to stop DRM from crippling our digital future.’ Actually, there are many, many more important causes, such as defending the rights of citizens of countries like China to access all the information on the Web, and stopping governments around the world demanding ISPs hand over private data. I could go on, but you get the picture.

DRM is a pain and I still believe that Apple should modify Fairplay in the way I described in last week’s post. But these marginal extremists are just plain crazy.

6 Responses to “Apple Store iTunes Protests are Plain Crazy”

  1. Christiaan Says:

    Last week, I posted that I thought it was time for Apple, for its own sake if nothing else, modified the FairPlay DRM on tracks downloaded from the iTunes Music Store. It generated quite a debate, and most of you disagreed with me. Having read this report about protests at Apple Stores over the weekend, I’m beginning to agree with you.

    So you’ll cut off your nose to spite your face? Why not judge the argument based on merit instead of letting yourself become beholden to the politics and personalities?

    But that’s academic, because without DRM there would be no legal music downloads

    Bollocks. There are already legal downloads without DRM available.

  2. mac4xpd Says:

    So you’ll cut off your nose to spite your face? Why not judge the argument based on merit instead of letting yourself become beholden to the politics and personalities?

    Nope, as you’ll see if you read the rest of the post.

    Bollocks. There are already legal downloads without DRM available.

    Thanks for the insight, but I’m sure you know what I meant. Just in case, I was referring to the availability of legal, mainstream, paid for songs from both major and independent record compnaies. Clear enough?

  3. Jim Says:

    This is not Apple’s problem. This is something the labels wanted. I wish people who are involved in computers would quit trying to connect dots that aren’t there. Next you might write an article about book publishers because they use Macs.

  4. Christiaan Says:

    This is not Apple’s problem. This is something the labels wanted.

    More bollocks. See:
    http://www.boingboing.net/2006/06/15/why_apple_is_to_blam.html

  5. mac4xpd Says:

    Christiaan, I really enjoy debating these issues with you and am pleased that you take the time to come back and post comments. But please don’t dismiss the comments of others in such an offensive manner.

  6. Christiaan Says:

    Fair enough. I can understand that I may have been offensive, but I think Jim’s comment certainly deserves to be dismissed.

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