Defective by Design

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!

There's plenty of actions you can take as an individual as well. Display one of our banners on your Web site or share them on social media, pick an action from our list at dayagainstdrm.org, and be sure to take advantage of one of the Day Against DRM celebration ebook sales at publishers like O'Reilly and No Starch Press.

This year's International Day Against DRM comes at 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."

The Free Software Foundation will observe International Day Against DRM by delivering tens of thousands of signatures to W3C, asking it to put Internet user freedom above corporate interests.

Sign the petition before Friday May 3rd to have your signature delivered to W3C.

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