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.
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.
- Share one of our HAZMAT suit graphics on your social networks, blog or Web site.
- Attend an event in your area. See the current list of events on the LibrePlanet wiki.
- Expose the truth about DRM to an online or in-person community that you are part of, or just talk to a curious friend about DRM. Make use of our DRM FAQ and ebook DRM flyer and get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know a group Defective by Design should connect with.
- Join the conversation on the Defective by Design discussion list or the #dbd IRC channel on Freenode.
Make a Statement
- Make a blog post, video or song explaining the problems with DRM and why you won't buy anything infected with it, and add it to the growing list.
- Write a letter to the editor of a news source.
- Participate in our campaign to stop DRM hooks from being added to the HTML standard, by signing the petition to the World Wide Web consortium or pledging not to support Netflix, which is advocating for this disastrous proposal.
- If you already have an Amazon.com account, join our campaign to tag DRM-encumbered products as "defectivebydesign" to open shoppers' eyes to the truth about DRM.
- Pledge to ditch Windows 8, which is designed to accomodate and support DRM, or help a friend do so.
- Buy some DRM-free media from the stores participating in the Day.
- Listen to gratis DRM-free Internet radio on Libre.fm.
- If you are affiliated with a business that sells DRM-free media, put them in touch with email@example.com about running a promotion for the day.
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:
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hosting an online teach-in, writing blog posts and circulating infographics
- Free Software Foundation Europe is releasing an open letter to the executive body of the European Union, demanding that they take a stand against the groups advocating for the addition of DRM hooks to HTML
- April, a French free software organization, is blogging and raising a storm on social media
Three online stores are participating by offering DRM-free media:
- O'Reilly is giving customers 50-60% off on ebooks
- The Humble Bundle has pay-what-you-want graphic novels
- No Starch Press is offering 50% off on ebooks
- Packt Publishing is offering $10 off ebooks and videos
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Planning an event
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com with questions. We want to make event planning as easy as possible for you.