The Free Software Foundation (FSF) submitted a comment to the
U.S. Copyright Office calling for the end of the broken Digital
Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) anti-circumvention exemptions
We have fought the practice of Digital Restrictions
(DRM) for almost two decades. This year, we made breakthroughs in
two important DRM battlegrounds: the US Copyright Office and the
World Wide Web Consortium. We are gaining ground against the
offenses of DRM: malware and spyware foisted on users, remote
deletion of cultural works, good-faith security researchers muzzled,
and more. Now we need to push the advantage.
Defective by Design is supported by memberships and donations to our
parent organization, the Free Software Foundation. On Monday,
the Foundation launched its yearly fundraiser with the goal of
welcoming 500 new members and raising $450,000 before December
31st. If you have the resources, please support our work against DRM:
make a donation or join as a member today.
The U.S. Copyright Office is taking comments on making some exemptions
from the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions permanent.
Sign EFF's petition telling the U.S. Copyright Office that you support
permanent exemptions. Even if you are outside the U.S. you can still sign the
petition, and every voice counts.
This week, the chief arbiter of Web standards, Tim Berners-Lee,
decided not to exercise his power to extend the development timeline
for the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) Web technology
standard. The EME standardization effort, sponsored by streaming
giants like Google and Netflix, aims to make it cheaper and more
efficient to impose Digital Restrictions Management (DRM)
systems on Web users. The streaming companies' representatives within
the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) were unable to finish EME
within the time allotted by the W3C, and had asked Berners-Lee
for an extension through next year.