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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.
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
Register article and
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
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
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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