DONTBUYCDS.ORG

A consumer organization boycotting the RIAA and affiliated labels

The major recording labels, and their lobbying group, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) are engaging in highly objectionable practices. They have created new copy protected discs that will not play in a computer. They have shut down the original file trading service, Napster and seek to stop all online file trading. These actions violate our rights. In addition to these things, the retail price of compact discs continues to skyrocket as the cost to manufacture discs comes down. They have colluded to fix prices in violation of anti-trust laws. We urge all consumers to refrain from purchasing compact discs to punish the recording industry for these actions. To learn more, follow the hyperlinks below.

Optical disc piracy is bad for the economy. Instead of earning money, the movie and music industry is losing capital due to pirated CDs. In order to stop this illegal activity, the Intellectual Property Rights are doing countermeasures. One of their first steps is arresting the major source of these pirated CDs. On the other hand, companies that manufacture CD and DVD players put special instructions in their equipment so that it won’t play pirated CDs and DVDs.

Piracy also comes with other forms. One of them is purchasing fake Instagram followers. Instagram is one of the famous social networking websites. Thus, companies and businesses create their own account to advertise their products and services. To make them look good, they buy instagram followers cheap method. A large number of followers in Instagram is equivalent to having a good reputation and it makes users think that the account is popular.

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Newsflash- June 23 2006: Defective By Design is starting a call-in campaign for consumers to let the industry know what we think. Read more.

Newsflash- April 24 2006: Congress is considering a horribly draconian piece of legislation called the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2006. Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R- Texas), it would make the DMCA seem like something from the good old days. Here is an article about it at News.com. The time to call and write your Congressman is now. 

A Call to Action: Please support these initiatives.
Save The Internet
Letter Writing Campaign
The Music Relief Association Platform
Stop the FTAA Information Lockdown
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren's B.A.L.A.N.C.E. Act
Senator Ron Wyden's Digital Consumer Right To Know Act
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and Congressman John Doolittle's Public Domain Enhancement Act.
Petition to Reclaim the Public Domain.

Vote these bums out:
Rep. Lamar Smith (R - Texas) His Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2006 would be worse than the DMCA.
Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) have proposed "The Pirate Act."
Senator Hatch at it again with "The Induce Act"
Reps. John Conyers (D-Michigan) and Howard Berman (D-California) want to make file trading a felony, even for one file.
Tech-Savvy Democrat Pete Ashdown in running against Orrin Hatch. If you live in Utah, vote for him.

Dontbuycds.org would like to thank Zach Roberts of lifelesspeople.com for hosting space with better bandwidth, Tony Olsen for offering to help us set up mirrors of this site, and Tony Valla of staticlink.net for offering to host images, and take some of the load off of our primary server. We also would like to thank everyone who is taking the fight to the RIAA and affiliated labels by not buying their products, and encouraging others to join the boycott.

Older News:

Nov. 3, 2005: Sony's new DRM scheme uses a rootkit that is potentially more destructive than any virus. In light of this, dontbuycds.org calls for a boycott of all Sony products, not just their recorded music. Read more about it in this inquirer article, this Channel Register article and this Washington Post Article. Registration may be required for Washington Post. Additionally, we recommend that anyone whose computer has been damaged by this rootkit consult an attorney. Perhaps a lawsuit is in order. UPDATE Nov. 22, 2005 In addition to class action lawsuits over Sony's DRM Rootkit filed in California and New York, the EFF is suing , and the Texas Attorney General is suing Sony for violation on an anti-spyware law.

July 26, 2005: New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has caught Sony BMG in the act. They have agreed to pay a ten million dollar settlement. Here are several articles about it. From New York Daily News. From Guardian Unlimited. From San Diego Union Tribune.

Wired News has recently interviewed a hero of ours, Rep. Rick Boucher (D. Virginia) who fights for our fair use rights against the greedy moguls of Hollywood and the RIAA. They would make everything pay-per-use if they got their way. He will keep fighting to prevent that.

Dontbuycds previously posted a call to action about HR2391, the Intellectual Property Protection Act. An abbreviated version of the bill with the most heinous measures removed has passed in the Senate, and now must be reconciled with the House version. Read More.

Suncomm, the makers of Mediacloq, the very copy protection scheme that led the creation of this website, are being blasted by their shareholders in online chat rooms. They have been in trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission before, and may be in even bigger trouble now. Read More

A copy protected CD hit number one on the charts in June 2004. It is not possible to put music from it on an iPod. We as consumers must not let them get away with this violation of our fair use and personal property rights. Do not buy Contraband by Velvet Revolver.

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