Do you understand that imposing Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) is unethical? That attempting to control our computers and electronic devices to monitor what we do with digital files is wrong and a danger to society?
The problem for DRM proponents is that DRM doesn't work as advertised - and you are helping perpetuate a lie. We know you know this, you've said as much about music and DRM yourself. So why do you persist in touting DRM for video?
What DRM does do is trample my rights and create a situation where, if I were to circumvent a DRM scheme to be in control of my computer, it would be a criminal act - thanks to legislation like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
So what does DRM do? It monitors what I do, Often, it reports on my activities to a central authority. It locks me to one vendor of software. It limits what I do with the stuff i own. Yet Apple takes advantage of DRM to gain exactly this kind of control over its customers doesn't it?
We don't want DRM! We do want our music and video in formats free from proprietary restrictions. And we want the devices we buy to be under our control.
Do you still have Apple's head stuck in the sand?
I'm writing to suggest you take it out.
I've been a Mac User my whole life. I left you with a broken heart, when you used the TPM chip to lock down _developer_ Macs.
Now I'm a GNU/Linux user (KDE), and even though I sometimes think back to Macs, to Shufflepuck (my first addiction), to professional video editing (With my old 66Mhz Mac), to the 6 months when I tried every beta of MacOSX even though my 266Mhz G3 was far too slow to render it in speed, and to the ease of music production on my Flat-Panel iMac, I won't come back to have my freedom taken.
You're creating great computers. Why do you still have to make them a tool for digital slavery, even though you now aknowledged yourself, that this slavery is bad?
The one who acts bad but doesn't know it, is a fool.
The one who acts bad and knows it, is a criminal, regardless of the laws.
Disappointed wishes with but a glimpse of hope,
Arne Babenhauserheide - Broken Apple Heart (german)
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The European Copyright directive threatens online communication in Europe.
But thanks to massive shared action earlier this year, the European parliament can still prevent the problems. For each of the articles there are proposals which fix them. The parliamentarians (MEPs) just have to vote for them. And since they are under massive pressure from large media companies, that went as far as defaming those who took action as fake people, the MEPs need to hear your voice to know that your are real.
If you care about the future of the Internet in the EU, please Call your MEPs.