Anti-digital rights management activists dressed in bright yellow toxic waste suits staged what can best be described as sparsely attended protests at seven Apple Computer stores nationwide on June 10.
The group, organized by the Free Software Foundation, carried “Eliminate DRM” pickets and handed out fliers as part of its “Defective by Design” campaign, to draw attention to the restrictions placed on digital music purchased from the iTunes Music Store.
Many greeted the spectacle with the sort of disdain normally reserved for fans at a “Star Trek” convention. But even if the tiny uprising seemed easy to dismiss, it’s harder to ignore the increasing calls for interoperability among digital music services and devices around the globe. Apple, as the digital entertainment industry’s reigning champ, gets much of the criticism.