No Halloween prank was it when three Parisian residents marched first across the Latin Quarter handing out leaflets in which they confess copyright crimes; and then they, and their entourage of 40 waving banner, marched into the Paris police station where they efforted to turn themselves into the highest ranking on-duty officer.
News of their confession campaign had preceded them; and, almost as many armed riot police stood waiting with the forty plus confessees. It was a slow process with some of these foot soldiers in the DRM Resistance offering to confess to by-standers in lieu of the senior officer’s ear. One carried a sandwich board which read ” I LENT MUSIC TO A FRIEND”, and another called out “Not only did I not use an iPod to listen to an iTune, but I also transferred a first run movie to a hand held device, and I am willing to suffer the consequences.”
This demonstation was a protest against the Digital Rights Management (DRM) policies that are creeping into the use of legally purchased songs and videos and in favor of the recent French law which is intended to force compatiblity among all listening and viewing platforms.