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June 9, 2006

Apple store protest tomorrow in U Village

Posted by Kim Peterson at 1:54 PM

Defective by Design, the same group that reportedly protested Bill Gates' keynote speech at the recent WinHEC conference, is planning a demonstration at the University Village Apple store Saturday.

This is part of a larger protest at eight Apple stores around the country. Although its hard to tell from the group's site, it appears the demonstration is against the digital rights management restrictions Apple has built into its iTunes program. Sure, it's easy to rip your CDs into iTunes and buy music from Apple's iTunes Music Store, but if you want your iPod to play songs from other online services you could run into problems.

The protesters are scheduled to convene at 10 a.m. to get "suited up" and then start around 10:30 a.m. Maybe they'll break out the HazMat suits from WinHEC.

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