updated 10:10 am EST, Fri February 24, 2006
Call for HD boycott
Apple's former director of video product marketing Mike Evangelist is calling for a boycott of next-generation HD video products--including HD-DVD and Blu-ray--claiming that the industry is trying to take away "fair use" from customers. In a new blog post, Evangelist says said that the industry is moving to taking away content ownership from end-users "I really want you to understand what’s going on with the video industry’s push towards HD. They are engineering a complete removal of the concept of fair use. They are setting up systems that will completely control how, when and where you can use content that you buy. Even worse, they can retroactively change the rules!" The post points to an AAC (Advanced Access Content System) announcement that notes an "analog sunset"--an agreement to end support for traditional analog playback after a certain date.