[ubuntu-uk] This Monday -- The Changing Landscape of Digital Media

chombee chombee at nerdshack.com
Fri Feb 16 13:41:51 GMT 2007

or Why I can't play this song on my MP3 Player (but might be able to


DRM presentation and Ubuntu demo in Edinburgh on Monday, 
if anyone is nearby. And if anyone could come along with some
Dapper or Edgy CDs to give away  that'd be great!

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A presentation by Gareth Bowker of the Free Software Foundation Europe,
organised by People & Planet Society. Open to all.



This Monday, Feb 19th, 7-9pm


The Potterrow Chaplaincy, Bristo Place: http://www.chaplaincy.ed.ac.uk/

DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) are software "locks" put on
digital media - music, videos, software, books and documents, etc. -
that restrict what you can do with that media. DRM was always going to
fail, but recent events make it look like 2007 may be the year DRM
finally dies.

This talk gives a brief history of DRM - where it came from, what it
does, and why it was always inevitable that it would fail. It also
looks at where things are now, how DRM might be affecting you and how
you can help stop DRM's progress.

Gareth Bowker is the UK representative for FSFE (Free Software
Foundation Europe), a NGO devoted to ensuring a level playing field
for Free Software in Europe. In October 2006, FSFE launched DRM.info,
a website detailing the many problems with DRM.

Web page and poster for the event:

Free Software is a matter of freedom: people should be free to use,
copy, distribute, study, change and improve software in all the ways
that are socially useful: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/

Free Software, Free Society

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