And the price for DRM promotion goes to…

Thanks to someone who pointed out the member list of the I have been able to check out where the rather uncritical view of Digital Restriction Measures (DRM) came from.

As you can see for yourself, most of the members are small or medium sized companies, or groups of companies, that have nothing to do with DRM. Then I found a rather familiar name that explained it all: IFPI.

The IFPI represents the interests of the rights-holding industry and is closely affiliated with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) — the very same organisation that is so eager to sue children in the United States.

The board of IFPI consists of representatives of EMI, Universal, Warner and drumroll Sony BMG. Yes, the very same company that has infected the computers of its customers with a self-installing, hidden rootkit that threatened the security and data-integrity of the machines it was installed on. Fortunately the EFF — along with several others — is now taking them to court.

Did I mention that this rootkit contained source code that was taken illegally from Free Software programs under the GNU General Public License (GPL)? So in order to preserve their distribution monopoly on music they’ve show themselves quite willing to ignore the copyright of software authors.

These are the very same people that Courtney Love described as the true pirates in her speech that you can find transcribed on

It all makes more and more sense.

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About Georg Greve

Georg Greve is CEO and President of the Board at Kolab Systems AG, a Swiss Open Source ISV for collaboration and communication, also available as Swiss hosted service Kolab Now. During his 20+ year career in Free and Open Source Software he has been author of the Brave GNU World, one of the most widely spread columns on the subject, founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and provided input to various governmental and inter-governmental organisations. In 2009 Georg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contributions to Open Source and Open Standards.
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