Foundations laid for UK digital rights body

NTK-founder and sometime MacUser columnist Danny O’Brien is leading a campaign to establish a digital rights organisation in the UK.

In the US, the Electronic Freedom Frontier (EFF) has achieved a high profile for campaigning against restrictive DRM, defending file sharers against the record labels and ‘bloggers’ accused by Apple of leaking trade secrets.

O’Brien’s Oblomovka blog is asking for monetary pledges – 1,000 people are needed to give a fiver each month up to Christmas – to get an organisation up-and-running.

He says that he was surprised at the interest shown in a potential UK campaigning body at last week’s OpenTech conference.

‘There was a strong sense that there’s both loads going on in the UK and Europe behind the scenes to fight for these issues, and also that folk were hungry to find out more about it,’ he writes.

The aim is to establish an organisation that can offer a contrary point of view to the likes of the music industry.

‘Half our problem in the UK right now is that the press just don’t have anyone in their address books that they can confidently call about on these issues,’ he explains.

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