Virgin Megastore Protest Against Copy-Protected CDs

By Jon Newton 10/24/05

It’ll be D-Day at 7:00pm outside the Virgin Megastore on East 14th Street and Broadway in New York City on October 25, 2005.

Or, rather, it’ll be DRM-Day because Free Culture believes it’s time to make the offline public aware of DRM (Digital Restriction Management) issues. Accordingly, supporters of the protest will be turning up at the Megastore to hand out leaflets.

“If you’ve purchased CDs from Sony BMG or EMI, you may have purchased a digital rights management product and your fair use rights to your CD are at risk," says the handout. "Here’s what you can do:

As the leaflet points out, the Dave Matthews and Switchback bands both have albums poisoned by DRM. But both groups are telling fans how to get around it.

Discs with DRM are indeed damaged goods and should be treated accordingly.

DRM is just another entertainment and software cartel scam to limit your ability to freely choose.

But it can't, and doesn't, work because anything which can be seen or heard can be copied by ones means another.

Jon Newton is the editor of and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.


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