Defective by Design

Don't let the MPAA buy the Web

Submitted by William Theaker on Fri, 2014-01-17 14:03

Last week, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) became a paying and governing member of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (no, seriously).

If there were any doubts that W3C was in bed with Big Hollywood, now it couldn't be more obvious. Together, W3C, the MPAA, and a handful of the world's most powerful web companies are preparing to build Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) deep into our public Web standards. We must stop them.

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Our holiday visit to the Apple store (with photos)

Submitted by William Theaker on Fri, 2013-12-20 14:04

Ever wonder if you're the only one concerned about DRM when
you're doing your holiday shopping? We hit the streets yesterday
to make sure that you aren't.

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Give freely this Cyber Monday: Introducing the 2013 Giving Guide

Submitted by William Theaker on Wed, 2013-11-27 11:26

On Cyber Monday, millions of Americans will take to the Internet
in search of the newest gadgets to bestow upon their loved ones.
Most of these "gifts" are trojan horses that will spy on their
recipients, prevent them from doing what they want with their
device, or maybe even block access to their favorite books or
music.

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New iPhones put more polish on Apple's restrictions

Submitted by William Theaker on Tue, 2013-09-10 10:24

The announcement of Apple's new iPhone releases marks yet another highly anticipated product launch from the technology giant. As expected, the new iPhones will be faster, more powerful, and continue to hide the various anti-user restrictions behind a sleek and seductive user interface. Each release of a product or operating system from Apple means the latest and greatest they have to offer, including the strongest Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technologies yet.

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Questions about DRM? Visit our new FAQ

Submitted by kxra on Mon, 2013-09-09 10:05

In any discussion concerning DRM, there are bound to be honest questions and misconceptions that keep being repeated. Without a resource to accurately respond to them, some small misconceptions can turn into popular belief.

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Sell your Netflix stock to send a message: no DRM in HTML

Submitted by William Theaker on Wed, 2013-08-28 14:36

Cancel Netflix graphic

"#CancelNetflix I used it and used to love it. But keep your hands off DRM in HTML5. Not cool. I'm stopping my rel. with you." -- @jordiburcas*

Topic:  cancelnetflix

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Customers streaming away from Netflix

Submitted by libby on Wed, 2013-07-03 14:27

Remember Turn off the TV Week? A chance each summer to switch off the boob tube, recover from brain rot, and maybe even spend some extra time out in the sunshine? This summer, we have an even better reason to spend less time in front of a screen: the video streaming giant Netflix is collaborating with the World Wide Web Consortium to destroy Web freedom.

Topic:  cancelnetflix

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#CancelNetflix: Arrested Development isn't the only thing they screwed up

Submitted by libby on Thu, 2013-06-27 12:52

#CancelNetflix

Netflix just announced that they are streaming videos in HTML5, only in browsers with "Premium Video Extensions". You know what that means -- Digital Restrictions Management (DRM).

Topic:  cancelnetflix

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International Day Against DRM 2013 sent a message

Submitted by libby on Mon, 2013-05-20 14:13

The seventh annual International Day Against DRM featured a glamorous
petition delivery, awareness-raising events on three continents, and
ebook sales from prominent DRM-free publishers. Some of the Day's
highlights included:

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Oscar awarded to W3C for Best Supporting Role in "The Hollyweb"

Submitted by zakkai on Fri, 2013-05-03 12:37

In celebration of International Day Against DRM today, we rolled out the red carpet at W3C to deliver your petition signatures. Internet freedom's most stylish gathered to present W3C with an award for "Best Supporting Role in 'The Hollyweb'," accompanied by over 22,500 verified signatures from members of the public who oppose a proposal that would weave Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) into the fabric of the Web.

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Show your friends you care about freedom from DRM; use a banner on your social media profile

Submitted by zakkai on Thu, 2013-05-02 09:27

Stop DRM in HTML banner photo

The fight to keep DRM out of HTML is heating up. This Friday, Defective by Design will pay a visit to the Cambridge, MA, office of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to hand-deliver our petition against the Encrypted Media Extensions proposal (EME).

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This Friday is International Day Against DRM

Submitted by libby on Mon, 2013-04-29 12:31

International Day Against DRM is this Friday, May 3rd. People all over the world are going to be showing their opposition to DRM, and you can join them!

Organize a local event today and we'll help you promote it. An event can be as simple as tabling at your campus, handing out information at a library or bookstore that offers ebooks with DRM. Find out if there's a local event near you. If there isn't, get one started!

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Defective by Design and allies condemn proposal for building Digital Restrictions Management into the Web

Submitted by zakkai on Wed, 2013-04-24 11:12

Stop the Hollyweb! No DRM in HTML5.

Today Defective by Design, through the Free Software Foundation, joined twenty-six other organizations in releasing a joint letter to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Web's standards-setting body, condemning Encrypted Media Extensions (EME).

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Tell W3C: We don't want the Hollyweb

Submitted by kxra on Fri, 2013-03-22 13:54

Hollywood is at it again. Its latest ploy to take over the Web? Use its influence at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to weave Digital Restrictions Management (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.

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New and improved label for DRM-free files

Submitted by kxra on Thu, 2013-03-07 18:22

Soon after announcing the big expansion and complete overhaul of our Guide to DRM-free Living, we also announced the DRM-free label, an effort to create recognizable branding for providers of DRM-free files to quickly communicate to users that they don't have to worry about being encumbered by restrictive technologies such as Digital Restrictions Management.

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Mar. 4th in Strand: Vote for DRM-free books!

Submitted by libby on Thu, 2013-02-28 11:22

The Book Industry Communication is holding a debate on Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) in Strand on March 4th. Can you attend and vote DRM-free?

The "debate", which will include a panel of experts, asks participants to vote for one of two statements about DRM. They are:

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Popular self-publishing and book printing company, Lulu, drops DRM

Submitted by kxra on Tue, 2013-01-22 11:31

Online self-publishing platforms have lowered barriers for authors to get their works published, giving rise to a new kind of literature that works without big publishers. Lulu is one of the most popular solutions for writers to easily sell their works in print or as ebooks. A few years ago, they defended their DRM-encumbered ebooks, but they have just announced that they are saying goodbye to DRM.

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Keep Defective by Design fighting for its eighth year; support us by supporting the Free Software Foundation

Submitted by libby on Fri, 2012-12-28 09:18

The fight against DRM often pits us against some of the biggest companies and the most dominant ways of thinking in the technology business. What gives us the independence to speak out -- and the power to make your voice heard --is the support of our members. Now, we need your help to keep Defective by Design strong in 2013.

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Give DRM-free this holiday: here's how

Submitted by kxra on Tue, 2012-11-27 00:00

by Libby Reinish and Kÿra

Holiday season is upon us, which means a bombardment of advertising for the latest and greatest tech toys, and the onslaught of enticing deals is extremely effective. On Cyber Monday, hordes of virtual shoppers took to the Web in search of the newest gadgets to bestow upon their loved ones.

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Tell Amazon: Books and Libraries Shouldn't Have a Kill Switch

Submitted by kxra on Thu, 2012-11-08 11:29

Imagine if you came home and discovered all of your bookshelves ransacked, their contents nowhere to be found. That's what happened to Amazon customer Linn, but the bookshelves were digital. Three years ago, Amazon showed the world that they have the power to delete copies of books from readers' Kindles en masse, and now they are finally taking heat for exerting this power over readers' entire libraries.

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New DRM-Free Label

Submitted by dpic on Mon, 2012-08-13 08:54

Awareness has been spreading among individuals, businesses and other organizations that DRM is a completely unnecessary restriction of freedom, and it drives people away. As that awareness spreads, going "DRM-Free" becomes more and more valuable for patrons. To really build upon that image and to provide a resource for people to learn about why being DRM-Free matters, we've created this logo for suppliers to to proudly advertise that their files all come unencumbered by restrictive technologies.

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DRM-free ebooks and music in pay-what-you-want bundles!

Submitted by dpic on Thu, 2012-08-09 13:04

The success of DRM-free bundles has been a powerful counterargument to the claim that Digital Restrictions Management is necessary for sustainable digital publishing. These bundles are forming around music and literature, and really showcase being DRM-free as a major selling point. Now, the Big Bang Bundle by StoryBundle has just launched, and the Humble Music Bundle has just a couple hours to go!

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Guide to DRM-free Living gets a big update!

Submitted by dpic on Thu, 2012-07-26 15:56

We've just finished a major update of the Guide to DRM-free Living with dozens of new places to get ebooks, movies, and music without DRM and a page of worst-offenders. There have been some exciting developments in the realm of DRM opposition on ebooks, like Tor/Forge dropping DRM on ebooks, and we wanted to spruce up the guide to reflect all the progress that's been made.

Topic:  drmfree guide

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Diablo 3 DRM: "It's really an online game without a monthly fee"

Submitted by mattl on Tue, 2012-05-22 09:27

Blizzard has released the long-awaited game Diablo 3 to much fanfare, and yet to many gamers, much disappointment and frustration because of the game's DRM system. It requires a permanent internet connection to play -- moving much of the in-game interaction and logic to the network. Blizzard is using Diablo 3 to operate an online auction house, using real-world currency or in-game gold, which in turn can be exchanged between players to purchase weapons, materials and upgrades for your in-game character.

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Publishers and activists come together to say NO to DRM on ebooks

Submitted by mattl on Mon, 2012-05-21 15:24

Friday, May 4th was the fourth International Day Against DRM, and wow — what a day!

We were supported by our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, the Accessible Computing Foundation, Fight for the Future, APRIL, and our sister organizations, FSF France, FSF India and FSF Europe.

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Tor/Forge to drop DRM from ebooks; cite pressure from readers

Submitted by JoshuaGay on Tue, 2012-04-24 16:24

The largest science fiction publisher in the world, Tom Doherty Associates (whose labels include Tor, Forge, Orb, and Starscape books) announced on Tuesday, April 24th, that "by early July 2012, their entire list of e-books will be available DRM-free."

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May 4th is the International Day Against DRM

Submitted by mattl on Fri, 2012-04-20 15:00

On May 4th, members of the Defective by Design DRM Elimination Crew all over the world will join together at local events to protest Digital Restrictions Management.

Events in Boston, Madrid, London and Toronto are already coming together, and more are on the way. See http://dayagainstdrm.org/ for the latest events.

Let us know where you are located, so we can contact you about events in your area!

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Anobii CEO urges publishers to drop DRM on ebooks

Submitted by JoshuaGay on Thu, 2012-02-02 13:11

Speaking at the Digital Book World Conference in New York last week, Matteo Berlucchi, CEO of Anobii, urged major book publishers to abandon their use of DRM on ebooks. HarperCollins, Penguin, and Random House each have a stake in the ebook retail and social networking company based in the UK.

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Louis CK: Live at the Beacon Theater

Submitted by mattl on Mon, 2011-12-12 13:34

Boston's Louis CK has a new show on his website, but he's doing things a little differently with this one. To quote his site: "No DRM, no regional restrictions, no crap. You can download this file, play it as much as you like, burn it to a DVD, whatever."

This is an adult show with adult themes. Not for children. 18+

https://buy.louisck.net/purchase -- $5 for the show. 1.2Gb download with accompanying Ogg Theora stream available.

Topic:  louisck comedy

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Cyber Monday Shopping Guide

Submitted by JoshuaGay on Mon, 2011-11-28 12:00

Thinking of doing some holiday shopping? We hope that when purchasing for loved ones and friends that you'll consider avoiding companies and products designed to restrict freedom and consider supporting companies and organizations that defend freedom.

To help you make informed shopping decision and to avoid products that are defective by design, we've put together a short 2011 Holiday Buying Guide. We will be updating the guide throughout the holiday season, so please keep coming back for new tips and suggestions.

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