It’s all about going after users and restiction of usage models, my take on the Crapple iPad

The Free Software Foundation and the DRM elimination Crew from Defective By Design had a bit of fun today at the Apple event at the Moscone Center in San Fransico today. And the hub-bub was all about the newest tool in Apple’s arsenal against its users the iPad
mad tv ipad spoof

No not that iPad, this iPad

crapple's ipad

Here is how it went down:

dbd: This is a test of the #Apple restriction warning system. !dbd
01/27/2010 02:07 AM
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dbd: Live from the Apple announcement: Gathering outside Moscone entrance by Yerba Buena pillar and drive-thru !dbd !fsf !gnu
01/27/2010 11:34 AM
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dbd: !dbd
01/27/2010 11:53 AM
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dbd: Live at the Apple event: Just talked to Current TV. Out walking handing out flyers. !dbd
01/27/2010 12:13 PM
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dbd: !dbd
01/27/2010 12:25 PM
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dbd: !gnu !fsf members — join !dbd for live coverage of the Apple DRM product launch
01/27/2010 12:26 PM
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dbd: !dbd !fsf !gnu — link to on your blogs with this handy button –
01/27/2010 12:30 PM
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dbd: Live from the Apple event: Apple told police to keep an eye on us. Guess they’re afraid people might hear! !dbd !fsf
01/27/2010 12:36 PM
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dbd: — Fake Fake Steve Jobs? !dbd !gnu !fsf
01/27/2010 12:44 PM
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dbd: RT @len — Fake Fake Steve Jobs? !dbd !gnu !fsf (via @dbd)
01/27/2010 12:48 PM
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dbd: RT @crispassinato Crispassinato rbonifaz: ♺ @dbd: !dbd !fsf !gnu — link to on your blogs with th..
01/27/2010 12:48 PM
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dbd: RT @rbonifaz ♺ @dbd: !dbd !fsf !gnu — link to on your blogs with this handy button –
01/27/2010 12:48 PM
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dbd: RT @gabrielsaldana RT @dbd: #drm
01/27/2010 12:48 PM
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dbd: !dbd inside — outside —
01/27/2010 12:53 PM
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dbd: Talking to a lot of media — getting the word out as people move inside. !dbd
01/27/2010 12:56 PM
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dbd: !dbd People are very afraid of Apple becoming Big Brother.
01/27/2010 12:57 PM
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dbd: !dbd more photos — and
01/27/2010 01:01 PM
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dbd: !dbd — Apple: 250 million DRM devices sold so far.
01/27/2010 01:07 PM
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dbd: !dbd — it’s official. The iPad — complete with App Store.
01/27/2010 01:13 PM
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dbd: !dbd
01/27/2010 01:16 PM
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dbd: !dbd
01/27/2010 01:17 PM
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dbd: !dbd
01/27/2010 01:17 PM
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dbd: !dbd
01/27/2010 01:17 PM
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dbd: “We think it’s going to be a gold rush for developers” – the App Store is loaded on the iPad — DRM applications only? We’ll see !dbd
01/27/2010 01:39 PM
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dbd: !dbd
01/27/2010 01:44 PM
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dbd: Apple’s alternative to the Kindle — iBooks — how likely is DRM? very likely! !dbd
01/27/2010 01:54 PM
dbd’s status on Wednesday, 27-Jan-10 18:54:46 UTC

dbd: iBooks is a partnership with Amazon. !dbd
01/27/2010 01:55 PM
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dbd: !dbd iBooks will use ePub — how likely is DRM? Many ePub companies use DRM already…
01/27/2010 02:00 PM
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dbd: Apple say they want to be at the “intersection of technology and liberal arts.” It’s not an intersection when one controls the other. #ipad
01/27/2010 02:44 PM
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dbd: !dbd
01/27/2010 04:33 PM
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dbd: !dbd
01/27/2010 04:33 PM
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dbd: Ars Technica coverage: !dbd !fsf
01/27/2010 06:15 PM
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After this point the game was pretty much over there was some great coverage in there and some awesome pics. It looks like it was a success, but there is still work to do. Here’s how you can help.

sign the petition:
read the guide: “A guide to DRM free living”
know thine enemy:
and join the cause: &

MPAA wants to control your TV

Posted On: Mon, 2009-11-16 16:22 by holmesworcester to

The MPAA is pressuring the FCC for the authority to cripple recording devices using so-called “Selectable Output Control” (SOC).

Basically, SOC would enable Hollywood to actually shut off the video outputs on your cable box, DVR, or other recording device when particular movies or shows come on. When the movie’s over, the outputs might turn back on. Your devices would dance to Hollywood’s tune.

Most cable boxes and DVRs already include Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and operate using proprietary software — both of which we need to work to eliminate. But just because many of these devices already use DRM, that doesn’t mean we should let Hollywood and the FCC keep adding more. This new form of control would take even more freedom away from people using those devices, would restrict people using free software like MythTV to watch broadcasts and record them, and would set a dangerous precedent elevating Hollywood’s desires over the public’s freedom.

We’re not talking about an imaginary threat here. Hollywood has already tried this sort of nonsense with the Broadcast Flag — which the FCC rejected.

Who gets to decide which outputs you can use on your home entertainment gear — the movie studios or you? File a comment with the FCC and tell them to keep Hollywood’s restrictions out of your living room.

Please file a comment with the FCC. Before you follow the link, you may want to select and copy this sample text:

Dear Chairman Genachowski,

I urge you to deny the MPAA’s request seeking waiver of Section 76.1903 of the Commission’s rules. This waiver would allow studios to engage in “selectable output control,” or “SOC.” SOC would let Hollywood decide remotely which outputs I could use on the cable box and recording devices in my home. The waiver would take freedom away from people using these devices, would restrict people using free (as in freedom) software like MythTV to make and watch recordings, and would set a dangerous precedent against the public’s interest.

People have a basic right to not be controlled by the technology they use. Hollywood and set-top box manufacturers already violate this right by imposing Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and proprietary software on the public. If you granted the waiver, you would be giving them even more power to trample on our rights.

Now that audio and video are a natural part of how people communicate, the ability to record, archive, share, and remix audio and video is essential to free speech, political debate and cultural participation. Hollywood and the MPAA are pushing these restrictions because they want a world where they are free to communicate with us, but where we cannot freely communicate with each other. The FCC represents the public, not Hollywood. Don’t give them more power to restrict our freedom to use media or to participate in politics and culture.

As I understand it, the FCC also considers things like convenience, affordability, and economic impact in making its decisions. Other people have presented you with persuasive evidence that SOC will needlessly inconvenience viewers, will unfairly require the purchase of new equipment in order to watch certain movies, and will raise the price of basic equipment. But these questions should not even be considered when the cost is the public’s freedom. Even if Hollywood does find a cost-effective and convenient way to enforce these restrictions, they should still be rejected.

I urge you to deny Hollywood’s waiver request.


Thoughts on RMS’ “How the Swedish Pirate Party Platform Backfires on Free Software”

I have just read RMS’ “How the Swedish Pirate Party Platform Backfires on Free Software” and I’m still formulating my opinion on this but in general I am ABSOLUTELY  against the way copyright is done currently.  When Copyright was introduced to America it was a “Creators Monopoly” and only lasted 14 years.  The originators thought that was more than ample time for you to create something,  make back the money that it cost you in creation, and fund you next idea.  I also think that is more than enough time.

No matter what DRM is evil and douchbaggary

More thoughts to come [as soon as I have them :)]

I really want to see @doctorow and @lessig weigh in on this 🙂

Adobe Pushes DRM for Flash

I’m sooo upset by this right now that I can’t think, I’ll update this post as soon as I calm down…

**edit** because of the text posted below I have uninstalled flash, I have installed gnash insted. I know that gnash isn’t going to do me much good, but I am hoping that it will get to the point where I can get buttons and things like that work. I am still royally pissed, and am boycotting all adobe products.

also there is a great comment on my blog (**edit**

Posted to’s DeepLinks by Seth Schoen

The immense popularity of sites like YouTube has unexpectedly turned Flash Video (FLV) into one of the de facto standards for Internet video. The proliferation of sites using FLV has been a boon for remix culture, as creators made their own versions of posted videos. And thus far there has been no widespread DRM standard for Flash or Flash Video formats; indeed, most sites that use these formats simply serve standalone, unencrypted files via ordinary web servers.

Now Adobe, which controls Flash and Flash Video, is trying to change that with the introduction of DRM restrictions in version 9 of its Flash Player and version 3 of its Flash Media Server software. Instead of an ordinary web download, these programs can use a proprietary, secret Adobe protocol to talk to each other, encrypting the communication and locking out non-Adobe software players and video tools. We imagine that Adobe has no illusions that this will stop copyright infringement — any more than dozens of other DRM systems have done so — but the introduction of encryption does give Adobe and its customers a powerful new legal weapon against competitors and ordinary users through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Recall that the DMCA sets out a blanket ban on tools that help “circumvent” any DRM system (as well as the act of circumvention itself). When Flash Video files are simply hosted on a web site with no encryption, it’s unlikely that tools to download, edit, or remix them are illegal. But when encryption enters the picture, entertainment companies argue that fair use is no excuse; Adobe, or customers using Flash Media Server 3, can try to shut down users who break the encryption without having to prove that the users are doing anything copyright-infringing. Even if users aren’t targeted directly, technology developers may be threatened and the technologies the users need driven underground.

Users may also have to upgrade their Flash Player software (and open source alternatives like Gnash, which has been making rapid progress, may be unable to play the encrypted streams at all). Third-party software that can download Flash Video, like the most recent RealPlayer, will also break. But Adobe now has an incentive to push the use of DRM: it’s only available to sites that use Flash Media Server 3 software, which starts at over $4,000 (with extra fees depending on the number of simultaneous streams).

Furthermore, the prospect of widespread adoption of DRM restrictions on Flash threatens to squash a growing tradition of expressive fair use of online video — a practice effectively in its infancy that, left unfettered, would be a dynamic solution to our failing effort to teach media literacy. Before we understand how to read media messages, we must first learn how to speak their language — and we learn that language by playing with and remixing the efforts of others. DRM, by restricting the remixing of Flash videos, stands to bankrupt a rich store of educational value by foreclosing the ability of students and teachers to “echo others” by remixing videos posted online.

Take the example of “A Vision of Students Today” vs. “(Re)Visions of Students Today”. The first “Vision” YouTube video is an artful critique of higher education’s failure to come up with new models of instruction that engage the modern student; the second “(Re)Vision” YouTube video is an incisive observation of higher education’s crisis in diversity (summarily expressed by the lack of diversity in the original “Vision” video). The original and the remix support each other to instruct with an influence above and beyond the power of either video alone.

Outside the halls of academia, we can see that the ability to openly download and remix video is part of a new ecosystem of amateur entertainment — watch Drama Prairie Dog and its countless responses:

* “Dramatic Prairie Dog vs. Kung Fu Baby (Best Remix Ever)”
* “Hollywood Zombies Dramatic Prarire Dog”
* “Dramatic Look Bond Remix”
* Drama Prairie Dog – Zoolander
* “Drama Prairie Dog — Kill Bill”
* (an obligatory Star Wars-related remix) “Darthmatic Chipmunk”

As we noted above, remixers who find and use tools that break the Flash Video encryption could be sued, even if their transformative creations would otherwise have been fair use.

Finally, there’s a classic suite of arguments against DRM that will be as true for online video as they were for music. DRM doesn’t move additional product. DRM is grief for honest end-users. And there’s no reason to imagine that new DRM systems will stop copyright infringement any more effectively than previous systems.

Freedom Hater of the Day: Nokia

ARSTechnica posted today that Nokia is upset with the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) because they want to include both OGG Vorbis and Therora in the HTML5 Spec.

Why I Didn’t I hear about this sooner? OGG on the web w00000000000000tzzz!!!!111one.

But Nokia had a List of issues, I answered this list of on Digg and figured that you all should see it too.

So with out Further adieu, My Rebuttal: A Rope of Sand:

1. W3C shouldn’t make any standards relating to codecs. Leave that to other standards bodies like ITU-T and ISO/IEC.

*But the W3C is the standards body for the web not ITU-T and ISO/IEC, those 2 have no “jurisdiction” (I guess that word will do)

2. There are over a billion PCs in the world today, many connected to the web, but these numbers are tiny compared to traditional video playback devices like DVD players.

*DVD players have nothing to do with the web.

3. This industry is used to paying license fees and royalties for video codecs like MPEG-2.

* yeah and I’m sure they would be heartbroken to save money

4. This industry is used to making money, and it doesn’t care about keeping things free.

*Free Software refers to freedom, not money. Think Free Speech, not Free Beer.

5. Web codec standards should be either free or low-cost to implement.

*see number 3

6. Web codec standards should support DRM to placate Hollywood, but DRM implementations should be optional.

*there hasn’t been DRM on the Web so far (that I know of), and if they wanted to, the spec is in the Public Domian

7. H.264 for video and AAC for audio would be Nokia’s recommendations for codecs.

*what in the hell do they have against Linux. If you standardize on those two the web will suck for Free Software fans for at least the next two years. x.264 is fairly stable and complete, but I don’t about AAC

DRM and trying to explain it to those who have no clue, part 2: a rope of sand

read the origianal post asking for help

If you are not a viddler user, or don’t want to comment on the video, feel free to leave a text comment those are just as good

Apple put down that glass of hater-aid

Okay Steve listen up, YOU CAN’T STOP THE INEVITABLE! At what point did you think that a little sha checksum would stop us, the determined, the diligent, and the free? Ok you’re trying to stop the same people that cracked DVD’s (yes DVD John cracked CSS so that he could play DVD’s on his Linux box), the same people who are reimplementing WindowsNT (check out ReactOS, it’s finally getting places), and the same people who built the technology that your precious OSX is built on (Darwin is an off shoot of one of the various BSD’s) . You silly. silly man. Thanks to the crew that code on GTKpod we now can use your freedom hating, DRM using, sickeningly trendy, digital music product. here is a little glimpse into the that triumphant moment

From #gtkpod today:
wtbw: okay guys
wtbw: i think we’re done.
wtbw: let me code something just to check
[30 minutes later]
wtbw: can i hear a fuck yeah?
wtbw: works for both mine and xamphears :>

donations from thankful users can be sent to Cancer Research UK.

Steve we don’t like working this hard, just keep it free and open and no one’s feeling will get hurt, Okay?

Oh BTW: it’s not free software without some code


Okay anyone know where I can send this?

OpenMoko: Linux-based $300 open smartphone

The OpenMoko is a cellphone platform for those who are tired of being pushed around by the big manufactures and the carriers. The Neo 1973 is a $300, Linux-based open smartphone. Unlike the iPhone, it doesn’t come locked to any provider, it doesn’t come with DRM, and it allows you to install any third party app you like, even if Steve Jobs worries that it might spoil your experience. It’s still in “developer preview,” but this will be my next phone.

The Neo 1973 boasts the following hardware specifications

* 2.8″ VGA TFT color display
* Touchscreen, usable with stylus or fingers
* 266MHz Samsung System on a Chip (SOC)
* USB 1.1, switchable between Client and Host (unpowered)
* Integrated AGPS
* 2.5G GSM – quad band, voice, CSD, GPRS
* Bluetooth 2.0
* Micro SD slot
* High Quality audio codec