British readers be warned: the Free Software Foundation's Defective by Design campaign is coming to our side of the pond tomorrow
in protest at the BBC's decision to make extensive use of DRM (and in particular MIcrosoft's DRM) in their beta iPlayer software. For those who are unaware of the iPlayer
, the BBC is making its programmes available for 'catch-up' via the iPlayer - albeit only for 7 days after download.
The issue is certainly an interesting (and contentious) one, particularly as the BBC is a publicly-funded body so has to make the iPlayer platform neutral at some point in the future, and will only allow U.K. IP addresses access to the content. The protests are outside the BBC's London and Manchester studios tomorrow (Tuesday 14th August), with Download Squad paying the London gathering a visit.