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Anti-DRM Activists Take On the BBC

Jun 11, 2007, 10:00 (3 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Chris Fernandez for this link. ]

Binary Freedom has launched a new campaign called FreeTheBBC, targeting the BBC's proposed DRM regime. The BBC plans to offer old content only through Real or Windows Media DRM technology. DRM, or Digital Restrictions Management, is technology that artificially limits what users can do with media. Binary Freedom opposes the BBC's use of DRM for several reasons. The BBC is meant to serve the public trust, but in using DRM they are instead supporting private enterprise at the cost of the public's rights. Users of free software (like GNU/Linux) will be completely unable to use the DRM media with free software. Everyone else will have their fair dealing (U.K. right similar to fair use) rights eroded. For instance, it will be impossible to extract a scene from an old show for writing a review or even for personal study. Binary Freedom believes that the BBC should instead be progressive, and join the growing vanguard of companies that are supporting digital freedom by providing media without DRM.

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