Sunday, January 29, 2006

Cory Doctorow speaking in London

The Open Rights Group, the UK's fledgling new digital rights organisation that I have been proud to help get going, is having its second networking event on 7 February. It's a corker: Cory Doctorow, all-round Internet superhero, will be talking about Hollywood's machinations to put DRM crippleware in your TV:

A pan-European digital television restrictions proposal will turn the studios from companies that can control copying of movies into companies that can control the design of all digital TV devices, that get to define how big your family is allowed to be, that get to take away all the rights you get under copyright law and sell them back to you, one painful, expensive dribble at a time. It's not really a business plan: more like a urinary tract infection. Europe's coming Broadcast Flag will ban open source for digital TV, break the devices in your living room, and turn you into a truly captive audience. Get your torch and pitchfork, for this genuinely sucks -- and you shouldn't take it lying down!

The event is free, but you need to sign up quick — only 100 places are available. See you there!

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