International Day Against DRM is Tuesday, May 6th

On Tuesday, May 6th, 2014, the world came together to say no to Digital Restrictions Management. You can read about the Day's success in our follow-up post.

See how you can get involved, check out participating organizations, and read publications about the Day.

Digital Restrictions Management: toxic to your freedom

During the last year, we've seen Digital Restrictions Management creep farther into the world of technology (including coffee makers and cars), even as we build a stronger and stronger community to fight it. A growing number of people are living within a box constrained by DRM without even knowing it. The future is DRM in everything, if we don't do something.

Actions Against DRM

Whatever you do, you can amplify the impact by letting your friends know! Use the hashtag #DayAgainstDRM on social media.

DAD 2013 Bangladesh

Community Actions

Make a Statement

Media Actions

Can't do anything this year? Donate or buy an anti-DRM tshirt to keep the International Day Against DRM going strong.

Participating Organizations

A number of groups are holding in-person events. For times and meeting places, see the LibrePlanet wiki.

In addition to Defective by Design, three activist organizations are publicly joining the Day Against DRM:

Three online stores are participating by offering DRM-free media:

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Planning an event

Community members protesting at a Microsoft store in 2013.

Organize your own event in your community and add it to the list. It's good to add it as soon as you have a date and contact info, even if you're still working out the details or the event is tentative. Here are some ideas for events:

  • Host a DRM-free music/movies/games party. Challenge yourself to make it so that none of the media at the event has DRM. If possible, host a concert by a band that releases DRM-free music. You can refer to our Guide to DRM-free living
  • Hold signs or hand out copies of DRM-free media and flyers about the issues with DRM (FOSS Bangladesh did this in 2013). You can refer to our DRM FAQ
  • Host a house party/discussion group
  • Protest a local store that sells DRM-encumbered products (community members did this in Seattle in 2013)
  • Write a letter to the editor of a publication
  • Speak to a local group or get on a radio/TV show (multiple groups did this in 2011)
  • Look through events from 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 for ideas.

The DbD campaign would be glad send a message advertising your event to supporters in your area. Just email the exact text of the message to info@defectivebydesign.org. Make sure to include the what, where, and when, along with your contact info for potential attendees. The DRM Elimination Crew discussion list (separate from the International Day Against DRM announcements list) is great for sharing ideas for events and getting feedback. And feel free to contact us directly at info@defectivebydesign.org with questions. We want to make event planning as easy as possible for you.

See the page for last year's International Day Against DRM.