Tuesday, December 06, 2005

DJK ON DRM
Big news: this morning, the New York Times ran an article by Damian about Digital Rights Management, a topic that seems boring right up to the moment your computer explodes while you're listening to The Coral. Damian's article is called "Buy, Play, Trade, Repeat." Read it, then use the email-this-article link to send it around, so Maureen Dowd's cruel reign atop the 'most emailed articles list' can finally end.

Damian first tackled DRM as guest blogger at Coolfer. His bloggage lives here.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Connie said...

New York Times? Our baby's making us so proud...

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Kristin said...

Impressive, Kulash. Bravo!
I'm off to my office's library to grab the NYT and pretend that I'm looking up something work-related...

2:45 PM  
Blogger kati said...

great article damian, i applaud you for tackling a very complicated and pressing topic and i completely agree with you. the more people listening to okgo, the better. and as for money, you guys could always sell the beetle! such a feminine car for such masculin men.

3:14 PM  
Anonymous setsumi said...

Congrats on making his debut on the NYT. Brilliant!
Damian is too logical for a musician, and too brave for a man :).

1:08 AM  
Blogger kati said...

i've been thinking about what damian wrote and i know i agree but i was also wondering why it was i felt that way. it seems as though it would be best if these laws were in fact implemented because, looking ahead, if the music industry is losing money, eventually they wont have enough money to pay for the music to be produced. this leaves us without music, thus creating a completely new, and not for the better, environment. theoretically, copy-protection is a good idea because that way everyone will be forced to buy music, creating a sense of equality.
the reason why i think we can argue that the software is not useful is because there will always be those people who find holes in the system, and create new ways to share music. because of this the sought after equality no longer exists, creating an advantage to those who break the laws and punishing those who still buy cds.
overall, i understand why music companies would want to try and protect the music they are producing, however because this will never be entirely possible, there should not be laws passed stating that sharing is illegal.

sorry to all, i didnt mean for this to be an essay. i just have a lot of opinions on the topic, please respond if you do too!

it's a shame music can't be free...

2:26 PM  
Blogger Sannie said...

Congrats on making the NY Times, Damian! I really think it's a great thing to do in addition to the piece you wrote awhile back titled "How Your Band Can Fire Bush." I think that putting your writing out there is giving you even more credibility not just as a musician, but as a writer, as well.

I agree with everything you said in the article, and as a college student, I can definitely sympathize with all that was said. If the music industry implemented CD technology that prevented me from putting it on my iPod, I would surely be deterred from purchasing it. It's not that I'm technologically incapable of finding ways around it, rather, I'm just too lazy to do it. I think most college students would feel the same (or just wouldn't want to figure out).

Thank God "Oh No" didn't have this technology put on it! (But I would've still bought it, just because it's OK Go...)

6:27 PM  
Blogger Katy* said...

I love that article. I loved it when it was posted on coolfer.com, I love it even more now that it was in the New York freaking times.

It's just so vindicating to read, because, had it not been for file sharing, I wouldn't be sitting here writing this right now. That's how I got in to OK Go. I'm willing- and I know everybody else who's posting here is willing, too- to fight to get you guys heard, which is why I don't really have a problem with file sharing your stuff.

My roommate's reaction was priceless. I stole the Times from her, and held the page up for her to see the piece, and first she read the title and laughed- and then she read the by-line and her jaw dropped. Also, she gave your writing major props, Damian- apparently it's obvious that you're a songwriter because you write with a very distinct rhythm, like you're writing a song, except not. Hilary notices stuff like that.

12:56 AM  
Blogger jaynad said...

Thanks to the p2p entry:
http://p2pnet.net/story/7241

9:30 AM  
Blogger annoula said...

It's a smart well written article. It's funny, if it wasn't for file sharing I don't think anyone on my concert committee in college would have known about OKgo. Then we wouldn't have gotten them to come play a show.

That show was one of the highlights of college... ohh c-c-c-cinnamon lips....

12:19 PM  

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