Tuesday, July 05, 2005

land of the free?

Our America 2005 | A Musical Gift From Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy

This song, ostensibly about "liberty and justice for all", is wrapped in a layer of Windows Media DRM. How does DRM further "liberty" or "justice"?

On TV, the artists indicated this was a "free" download. I didn't know that "free" meant Windows Media DRM with an expiration date. (To encourage CD sales (presumably), this download is supposed to expire, according to the page where it is offered.) In fact, the page offering this song refers to it not as "free" but as a "complimentary, timed-out download".

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