[Klug-general] iPlayer Letter Writing Campaign

Colin McCarthy binarysignal at gmail.com
Thu Jul 19 18:36:24 BST 2007

On 7/19/07, George Prowse <cokehabit at gmail.com> wrote:
> Colin McCarthy wrote:
> > I am sure everyone has heard about the BBC iPlayer and it using Windows
> > DRM, meaning you have to use Windows to use the service when it starts
> > at the end of the month.
> > Following a link on Alan Pope's blog someone has created letters that we
> > can edit, print out and then send to the BBC and your MP to complain
> > about the closed system the BBC intends to use and show your support for
> > FLOSS.  FLOSS now is not free as you need to spend £1.50 on stamps to
> > send the letters, but well worth it. :-)
> >
> > You can read the orginal blog post here
> > http://blog.paladine.org.uk/?p=14 and download the premade letters here
> > http://ubuntu-uk.org/downloads/iPlayer-Letters.tar.gz
> >
> > Get printing, stamping and mailing today!
> >
> > Colin
> Seeing as it is beta I see no reason why they should make an entirely
> new player just for 1% of computers.
> As a beta tester for the last 3 months I can see the potential position
> they would be in with non-DRM stuff. Basically there would be half the
> programmes.
> Anyway, who really cares because they get binned after 28 days...
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Strangely enough I don't really care as I don't watch the BBC at all and
think the License TAX I have to pay is criminal as I hate the channel and
don't use it.  BUT this iPlayer thing has been big news amongst the hard
core free software people and as we also are  free software people, thought
we might want to join in the letter printing/sending and see what happens.
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