It's that special time of year again, when we let the ones we love know how we feel about them. Here at ORG towers, we'd like to dedicate this Valentine's Day to the recording industry. They may not always get it right, but good relationships are about listening, and about giving credit where it's due. So we'd like to use today to thank the recording industry for listening to their customers over the past year and dropping restrictive DRMs.
Back in the analogue age, a starry-eyed lover would sit up all night making a compilation tape for his one true heart. The ORG email lists have been busy resurrecting this tradition over the past week (thanks, guys!), and the result is this - the ORG Valentine's Day love mix. Each one has been suggested by an ORG supporter - and each one has a link to where to download the track DRM-free. Easy listening indeed.
Open Rights Group Valentine's Day love mix
- Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army, Me! I disconnect from you Available from amazon.com at $0.99
- Clor, Dangerzone Available from iTunes Plus* at £0.79
- Chris Rainier & De Wet Van Der Spuy, You're A Distant Voice On The Radio Available from bleep.com at £0.99
- Datblygu, Y Teimlad ("The Feeling") Available from amazon.com at $0.99
- Cinematic Orchestra, All That You Give Available from play.com for £0.70
- James, Laid Available from amazon.com at $0.89
- Jeffrey Lewis, Don't Let the Record Label Take You Out To Lunch Available from Playlouder and eMusic as part of a monthly subscription deal
- Kraftwerk, Computer Love Available from amazon.com for $0.99
- Joy Division, Love will tear us apart Available from amazon.com at $0.99
- Dionne Warwick, You're Gonna Need Me Available from iTunes Plus* for £0.79
- Reel Big Fish, Sell Out Available from amazon.com at $0.99
- Ulrich Schnauss, Clear Day Available from bleep.com at £0.99
- Queen, Who wants to live forever? Available from amazon.com at $0.99
*Note that to get the tracks we've suggested from iTunes Plus DRM-free, you'll need to have an updated version of iTunes
Finally, a note of warning to UK residents - do not try making this compilation at home. Why? Because despite the fact these tracks are DRM-free, creating the compilation on a USB stick or CD would be in breach of the civil provisions of UK copyright law. If you're interested in seeing this law changed, you're in luck - the UK Intellectual Property Office are consulting on changing the law on "format shifting" right now. Help us respond here. And Happy Valentines Day.