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International Day Against DRM is Friday, May 3rd, 2013

This is a critical moment in the fight against DRM. A proposal currently being considered by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) would weave DRM into HTML5 — in other words, into the very fabric of the Web.

Millions of Internet users came together to defeat SOPA/PIPA, but now Big Media moguls are going through non-governmental channels to try to sneak digital restrictions into every interaction we have online. Giants like Netflix, Google, Microsoft, and the BBC are all rallying behind this disastrous proposal, which flies in the face of the W3C's mission to "lead the World Wide Web to its full potential."

Defective by Design and volunteers delivered over 22,500 petition signatures and an "Oscar" to W3C to demonstrate the widespread public opposition to the proposal.

Join us in working to eliminate DRM!

People all over the world are going to be showing their opposition to DRM, and you can join them! Attend a local event and take part in the Day Against DRM on Friday, May 3rd, 2013.

As well as attending or running events, you can join other activists
in blogging about DRM, putting up banners on your Web sites and blogs, talking about DRM on your social networks and more. See below for an evolving list of all the different ways you can help raise awareness.

The 2012 International Day Against DRM was a huge success, with events held from Massachusetts to Spain, Florida, Japan, England, Portugal, and more. Read more about last year's event to get ideas for this year's International Day Against DRM.

On the Day Against DRM

  1. Share links to Day Against DRM on your social networks.
  2. Attend an event. If there isn't one in your area, get one started!
  3. Tag defective products on Amazon. Amazon has 'tag forums' too, where the tags on products can be discussed.
  4. Write a blog post explaining the problems with DRM and why you won't buy anything infected with it.
  5. Write a letter to W3C, asking them to drop their DRM proposal.
  6. Make a video talking about the dangers of DRM, send it to us, and put it on video sharing sites.
  7. Do you use Netflix? Ask Netflix to drop DRM from its own shows, and to support DRM-free streaming.
  8. Buy products and support artists that are speaking out against DRM. Many publishers, including O'Reilly and No Starch Press, are holding sales to celebrate Day Against DRM.
  9. Leave comments on reviews of DRM-infected devices warning people about them.
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