Money Where Your Mouth Is
I plan to write more on this subject later this week, but for now I wanted to briefly share an idea I've been kicking around in my head for awhile.
With goons like the MPAA and RIAA now colluding with American internet service providers to threaten "escalating action" against individuals merely accused of infringing on copyright, it's time for all of us (this includes you) to do more than simply boycott these companies and their products.
What we need to start doing, in addition to refusing to pay these companies a dime, is to support artists, authors, designers, publishers and other companies who do the right thing. I bought Trine 2 and The Witcher 2 today to support two game publishers because they use no Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) on these games (plus, Trine 2 now has a Linux client).
To best cut out the MPAA/RIAA middlemen, we need a two-fanged attack: eliminating their cash flow is the first step, but providing a financially stable and suitable environment for the actual creative people who make all the things we enjoy to thrive is the more vital second step. Killing the middlemen who serve as a barely-functional life support mechanism for our modern day artisans will only kill them off too unless we provide something better.
So vote with your wallets, folks -- don't just do it by putting the wallets away, do it by doing business with good people visibly so the bad ones can see you doing it.