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Newsvine DRM Boycott Article

"I will pledge to never purchase a CD containing any form of Digital Rights Management (DRM), but only if 500 people around the world will too." This pledge, started by intellectual property activists at FreeCulture.org, has become the most successful pledge on PledgeBank. The initial goal was not only shattered within days but the number is now well over 3000 signatories.

... and the number continues to climb.

The sponsors of this pledge have a simple argument. Why should the general public have to purchase music loaded with crippleware? If someone wanted to make a backup copy of a CD or just want access to my music on their computer, why should it be limited to a 128kbps file, which any audiophile would consider pathetic, when compared to a raw music file. They also point out the 'agreement' you accept by opening the packaged disc that you only get to read when you open the package. The agreement is often inserted into the liner notes without a clear warning on the outside of the packaging. This agreement limits the usage of the media in certain situations and playing the CD in a computer or a car violates the terms that are 'agreed' upon.

Even more intolerable for the sponsors is the automatically installed rootkit software. In general, rootkit software allows an intruder to maintain access to the target's computer and manage processes that are running hidden in the background. This opens up the machine to a gauntlet of spyware and malware which a user would not even know about. According to the 'agreements,' removing that software would make the user a target for litigation.