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Lessig on Digital Barbarism

Lawrence Lessig has posted a review of David Halperin's recent book, Digital Barbarism.

Halperin, who authored the (in)famous New York Times article calling for perpetual copyright, has now compiled his ideas into a book. Lessig offers a much-needed critique, including citing misconceptions about Creative Commons (Halperin conflates it not only with "freeware" with software... more

"Everything under control?"
Heather Ford · Johannesburg (South Africa) · Oct 04th, 2006 4:51 pm · 20 votes · no comments made
Day against DRM, GregoryH on (, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (
Day against DRM, by GregoryH on
This was the headline of an article in Swiss magazine, Blick after yesterday's 'Day Against DRM' and the launch of the website FSFE led a small, but determined group of anti-DRM activists to the Dataquest store in downtown Zurich (chosen because it is the closest thing to an Apple store in Switzerland) where leaflets were distributed to people passing by on their way to or from lunch.

Georg Greve, FSFE President, has written a great article on the site about 'Why you should care' about DRM. These include the fact that DRM compromises your security and your privacy and undermines legitimate access to information by libraries and other groups.

"DRM technologies are based on the principle that a third party has more influence over your devices than you, and that their interests will override yours when they come in conflict. That is even true where your interest is perfectly legitimate and legal, and possibly also for your own data," explains Georg.

Libraries are also concerned about the impact of DRM on their ability to preserve our cultural heritage, to provide future access to public domain material and to exercise user priviledges under copyright law. "Libraries see DRM as a threat to our activities because it can undermine or even prevent legitimate access to and use of digital content", said Teresa Hackett, "We welcome as a platform for public debate on these important issues for society".

In contrast, is based on the idea that people should be informed and involved in decisions that will affect them on a very personal level. The site is built on concepts of transparency and empowerment - with high resolution posters, stickers and translation facilities enabling people to take the campaign to their own streets.

Go to for some informative materials in English, Spanish and German.

tags: zurich-1 switzerland culture drm digital freedom activism

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