We oppose DRM.
We are a participatory and grassroots campaign exposing DRM-encumbered devices and media for what they really are: Defective by Design. We are working together to eliminate DRM as a threat to innovation in media, the privacy of readers, and freedom for computer users. Our actions involve identifying and targeting defective products, pressuring media retailers and hardware manufacturers to stop supporting DRM, exposing the immense concentration of power over media created by DRM, and raising awareness of DRM to libraries, schools, and individuals around the world. More about Defective by Design.
Digital Restrictions Management is technology that controls what you can do with the digital media and devices you own. When a program doesn't let you share a song, read an ebook on another device, or play a game without an internet connection, you are being restricted by DRM. In other words, DRM creates a damaged good. It prevents you from doing what would normally be possible if it wasn't there, and this is creating a dangerous situation for freedom, privacy and censorship. Click here to learn more.
Defective by Design has been protesting against DRM since 2006, and we've have had major success in the area of music. All major record labels have given up trying to enforce DRM schemes on music, but DRM is becoming a stronger force in ebooks, videos, and gaming. If we want to end this exploitative and anticompetitive practice, we must do something. Click here to take action.
Who's using DRM?
See more in the DRM-free Guide.
Give freely this Cyber Monday: Introducing the 2013 Giving Guide
Submitted by wtheaker on Wed, 2013-11-27 11:26
Defective by Design (a project of the Free Software Foundation)
is proud to introduce a map through this minefield: our 2013
Giving Guide. The Giving Guide features gifts that will not
only make your recipients jump for joy; these gifts will also
protect their freedom.
Here are some of the gift ideas based on the 2013 Giving Guide:
- Give DRM-free eBooks that your loved ones can share, and
that can't be remotely removed from their eReaders.
- Create a memorable family album using MediaGoblin, which
allows you to keep your family photos private and will
never use DRM to restrict access.
- Instead of a gift card for iTunes, which uses DRM on
everything it sells except music, give a membership to
the Free Software Foundation, or make a donation on
behalf of a friend to another worthy organization,
like the Electronic Frontier Foundation or Creative Commons.
You can give copies of the Giving Guide to friends and family to
encourage them to get you gifts that respect your freedom. And as
you do your own holiday shopping, think about giving the gift of
free software, and the hardware that supports it, to your loved
If you plan to "give freely" this year, shout it from the
rooftops! Please share the Giving Guide with your networks
on identi.ca and other social media sites you use (we're using
the hashtag #givefreely).