If you’ve ever bought a song online, you’ve probably experienced the unique frustration of not being able to play it wherever you’d like. That’s thanks to DRM (digital rights management), a technology that’s widely reviled by just about anybody who doesn’t own a record label. But debate over this form of copyright protection can quickly get bogged down in techno-jargon. So I was impressed by this anti-DRM ad from the folks at DefectiveByDesign.org. Using minimalist art direction, they pose a simple argument for unfettered downloads. The ad’s been bouncing around the Web for a few months, but it’s had a resurgence on YouTube this week after being uploaded by another user. So if you didn’t catch it the first time, enjoy, and try not to take your frustration out on your iPod.
—Posted by David Griner