On Friday May 25th, around the world and at a theater near you, Disney launch "Pirates of the Caribbean, at World's End". It's time to head to your local theater and help in educating the movie going public to what Disney, Hollywood, MPAA, AACSLA, HD-DVD, illegal hex codes, and disgraced US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, all have in common. Get your friends together, get the suits, and join the fun.
Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End, is a movie about a diverse community coming together to fight the far reaching and oppressive East India Trading Company to preserve their freedom loving lifestyle (sound kind of familiar?)
Do you like to get creative editing video? How about adapting the Pirates of the Caribbean movie trailer, that you can find on most video sharing sites, to tell the real story about DRM? Send us a link to your effort and we will highlight it on DefectiveByDesign.org - with prizes for the best.
Get started now! Contact your friends and place your order for DRM Elimination Crew suits to ensure that they arrive on time. We've gotten the price down to just $5 a suit, so order a few and get your Crew together for the 25th.
On Monday, US Attorney General Gonzales called on Congress to enact a sweeping new bill entitled the "Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007" (IPPA) that would amongst other things:
- Increase penalties for circumventing a DRM scheme
- Criminalize "attempting" to infringe copyright
- Permit more wiretaps for investigating copyright violations
- Add penalties for "intended" copyright crimes
This proposed legislation is a result of Hollywood's lobbying, serving their special interests at the expense of the public good. As we have seen, thanks to the recent events like the Digg revolt, the public have turned against DRM. The illegal hex code that can be used to remove the DRM from HD-DVD can now be found on over a million web pages. But this isn't deterring Hollywood yet.
Hollywood are attempting to scare us all into accepting DRM. Now is the time to take action!
As you know, Disney is a leading supporter of DRM in video and movies and a proponent of the permanent extension of copyright, sometimes called the "Mickey Mouse Act". Disney is founding members of AACSLA, the organization that license the HD-DVD DRM scheme. They are a driving force behind the MPAA and one of the main instigators of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) - that makes circumventing a DRM scheme a crime.
Join with DefectiveByDesign.org members around the world to send a message to Hollywood and Disney at the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean.
It's easy: get a few friends together, order some DRM Elimination Crew Packs, check your local listings and go have some fun at the worldwide launch! Together we'll explain to movie goers what DRM is, why it is bad, and how we can secure a future without DRM. Take some pictures and post them to Flickr where we can draw attention to them. Or take some video and share it with us, or through a video sharing site. Have fun and be creative.