Zealots attack

I’ve been getting some emails from angry Mac zealots. Many of them start out similar to this:

Sorry to say this but, unlike with DeCSS where you were allowing Linux users
to view DVDs, this time you’ve gone too far.

None of them explain how this is different and why GNU/Linux users should not be allowed to play legally bought music. Instead they go on to rave about how great iTMS is and that the imposed DRM is a good compromise. If they hadn’t been completely clueless about copyright law, they’d know that Fair Use is the compromise. Some of them claim that this will lead to the RIAA imposing stricter DRM. Did they suddenly realize that it’s the RIAA, and not Apple, which determines the rules for the iTMS DRM? When they complain about Microsoft’s DRM used by other music stores, why do they think that it’s Microsoft, and not the RIAA, which determines the DRM rules?

They have failed to understand that by buying into DRM they have given the seller complete control over the product after it’s been sold. The RIAA can at any time change the DRM rules, and considering their history it’s likely that they will when the majority of consumers have embraced DRM and non-DRM products have been phased out. Some DVDs today include commercials which can’t be skipped using “sanctioned” players. If the RIAA forces Apple to include commercials, what excuses will the Mac zealots come up with? “It’s a good compromise”?

Here’s how one of the emails, from a guy in the UK who’s working on his Ph.D, ends:

You may think you’re doing the right thing “liberating music for one and all” but you really aren’t. Thanks for fucking it up for all of us, asshole. I hope Apple, the RIAA and the BPI come down hard on your ass now that the EUCD and DMCA are in place.

Funny stuff. I just hope I have enough room in /dev/null.

5 thoughts on “Zealots attack”

  1. Unfortunately a lot of people buy into the bullshit that gets shovel fed to them. I appreciate the work you have done even though I personally have no interest in iTunes, iTMS or any DRM enabled device/media. I personally wouldn’t purchase from the expensive iTMS anyway. I remember vinyl LPs and that when you had stolen an album 😉 you felt that your time had been well spent. (Please take that remark as tongue in cheek!).

    Good luck to you. Let’s hope that guy fails his PhD as he really sounds too embarassingly stupid to gain any educational recognition.

    Best regards,


  2. I am a big apple fan. However, I disagree with Apple on DRM and agree with you, completely. Keep up your wonderful work. All the best. Take care.

  3. All I can say is keep up the good works. It’s very helpful for us who live in “DMCA” land.
    Getting access to the files and systems we have paid for.

  4. I agree with u completely… after I buy a song, i want to be able to do whatever i want with it, including change the format, port it to ANY mp3 player i choose, and burn a backup copy… Im not gonna let the RIAA deceide what I do with a song I’ve already bought

  5. Your assessment of the DRM situation is perfectly right. I am a longtime user of ITMS and I do not intend to surrender my property rights, once I have purchased a song. That applies to DRM generally speaking. I sincerely regret that some people do not understand that some corporate practices behind DRM issues are completely unacceptable. The RIAA will never be able to go against the will of the market, and it is unlawful for them to be able to control goods that have been sold and therefore only belong to the buyer.
    Thank you for work and your efforts. Please bear in mind that what you call the “zealots”, should really be called “the uneducated ignorants”….First of all because they lack whatever education for addressing somebody who has a different opinion, and also because they simply do not have a clear understanding of the legal issues concerning DRM.

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