Friday, August 7, 2009

Heady Days As Copyright Tyrants Head For Ash Heap of History

These are heady days for the free culture movement; the atmosphere of expectancy reminds me a bit of the time before the Berlin Wall came down.

iTunes has abandoned DRM under market pressure, and the RIAA admits that DRM is effectively dead. The entire iTunes library, some ten million tracks, is now DRM-free, and they’ve dropped all tracks which were unavailable without DRM.

The Pirate Bay conviction was followed by the Swedish Pirate Party getting seats in the European Parliament. The Pirate Party controls the single largest block of support among Swedes in their twenties, and my guess is that pirate parties will gain comparable strength throughout the EU countries.

Read the rest:
The Walls Came Tumbling Down

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