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…

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…

New MacBooks are Defective by Design

The new MacBook not only have reflective screens and miss a FireWire prot, but they also hide a stupid DRM locks in the video signal called HDCP. CrunchGear reports: What is HDCP? It’s essentially a digital standard that tells your OS what you can display content on. If you connect your device to a project,…

Free Software Foundation year end fundraising campaign

I had the feeling that 2008 was an important year for FSF. We’ve seen new campaigns take off, like End Software Patents and Support Open Document Format; the established campaigns Defective By Design, Play OGG, Expert Witness Fund have received good responses (if Google page rank is an indicator).’  We’ve seen also the first FSF…

Il DRM sulla musica muore ma è presto per cantare vittoria

Notizia di inizio 2008: Sony BMG sta pensando di vendere file musicali via internet senza schemi fastidiosi di restrizione, i Digital Restrictions Management. E così Sony si unisce alle altre aziende del settore: Universal, EMI e Warner che per indebolire Apple danno diritti ai loro clienti. Le major hanno capito che ci piace comprare e…

DefectiveByDesign.org: Together we are Fighting DRM

DefectivebyDesign.org posted a list of actions and campaigns activated and run by FSF in the past year. I really like what the strategy they put in place and the results so far. DefectivebyDesign brought the problem with Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) to a wider audience, reaching also Newsweek. I loved the real-life events, like the…