"If someone breaks into my house and steals my CDs, who calls
the cops, me or the music industry?" Safir asked. "If it's me, then
that's my property." Copyright 2002
If children must grow able to leverage computers to meet their own
goals as free citizens, that's not possible with commercial software,
period. -- Ruben Safir Copyright 1999 - Said at DECSS Trail in NYC
DRM is Theft Copyrighted 2002
"Jack Valanti is to Private Ownership and Property
as the Boston Strangler to the VCR" Copyrighted August 2002
Me or Universal Pictures?
DRM is Theft. Congress must pass a law which will protect the property of every owner of a computer and purchaser of Digital Information by outlawing anything which prevents the full enjoyment of their property. We don't need prior aproval of Warner Brothers, Jack Valenti, or Barry Sorkin to use our computers to augment our enjoyment of our property. There is no forced contract to a cash sale. Forcing a contract on the public which they didn't negotiate as equal partners is a form of slavery no free citizen can put up with.
That's why we propose a New Fair Use Bill, one which guarantees that Copyright is secondary to the Constitutional Right of Security in ones Home and with one's pocessions. Because Copyright is secondary to my property rights in my home and Congress has to make it clear.
If anyone should be forced into a license, then Bertleson should be forced to License to Listen.com. That's why we gave them the limited exclussive Monopoly in the first place, to make sure the material is published. If they don't want to publish, too bad, make them do it anyway or strip them of their Monopoly.
How can we can we continue to expect to maintain a free society if we can't accumulate, copy and archive on our digital systems and information. How are we expected to be able to publish from annotated facts, with references to the original works when everything on the internet can expire or disapear. We have to be able to copy to archive. It's essential to our politcal speech, or for that matter our abilty to have party music mixed to our own enjoyment on Saturday Night." Copyright 2002
We decided, after much discussion and after considering many
opinions on the mailing lists, to attempt to drive into the public
lexicon the phrases, "DRM is Theft" and "We are the Stakeholders". We
carefully chose these expressions to counter the rhetoric coming out of
the copyright monopoly content industry, especially the claim by
Senator Hollings that he had assembled all the "stakeholders" to write
his CBDTPA bill and Jack Valenti's rhetoric that the simple act of
listening to a DVD on a GNU/Linux operating system is stealing property
from the motion picture industry.Copyrgiht August 2001