Google extends copyright with YouTube Store

Copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted to the author or creator of an original work, including the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work (Wikipedia). Google is adding a new right: the right to exclude you from configuring your device the way you want. Google is excluding jailbroken (rooted) Android phones from…

Stories from the most revered brand in tech

A normal day for an Apple customer: my nine-year-old daughter, Flora, bought a new Β£39 iPod shuffle with her pocket money, and I treated myself to an iPhone 4. I connected the shuffle to our computer, but a message came up saying the iPod “cannot be used because it requires iTunes version 10.0 or later”.…

Nintendo is evil and they admit it too

I can’t believe what Nintendo just said! In a statement to respond to information campaign launched by Defective by Design the company said: Nintendo would like to reassure any concerned consumers that under our European terms and conditions and in compliance with European requirements Nintendo does not have rights to user content, such as comments,…

The horrible Terms of Service in Nintendo 3DS

Free Software Foundation has published a new campaign to inform Nintendo 3DS users that the Terms of Service of the machine are offensive and dangerous. The 3DS has a videocamera that may be used to take pictures and videos of friends and family: just using Nintendo 3DS you give them the right to do whatever…

Do you like the new sticker from Defective by Design?

The campaign to free the digital world from Digital Restrictions Management just got a new sticker. The old one is on my laptop’s screen represents the famous iPod silhouettes with white wires acting as shackles. It was a simple and powerful design. The new one is a the famous 1984 Apple ad, but I’m not…

iPad DRM endangers our rights

The Free Software Foundation guys are ready to remind us the real threat that iPad furthers: The iPad’s unprecedented use of DRM to control all capabilities of a general purpose computer is a dangerous step backward for computing and for media distribution. Yesterday a group of FSF volunteers set up “Apple Restriction Zones” along the…