Print this guide

We've just released a printable version of our online Giving Guide, which helps gift-givers choose tech gifts that are DRM-free and respect recipients' rights as computer users. The Guide is hosted on the Web site of the Free Software Foundation, which runs Defective by Design. The printable version, which is available in color as well as black and white, makes sharing and translating easy so the Giving Guide can spread far and wide.

The guide is an easy-to-use resource that can make a difference in what people buy. We just need to get it in front of them. Can you help us spread the word by organizing a Giving Guide Giveaway this winter? Giveaways are public meet-ups where activists gather to hand out the print Giving Guide to shoppers considering electronics gifts. By having face-to-face interactions with people in your area, you'll be getting your message across way more effectively than we can by talking about it online.

To make planning Giveaways easy, we've created a primer with tips and a planning timeline. Get a few friends together for a small Giveaway, or make a splash with a big one -- it's about spreading the message in whatever way is best for you. Check out the primer now, and organize your Giveaway! If you need to do your Giveaway in January or February, don't worry; shopping doesn't stop with the holidays!

This paper version is in English for letter sized paper, but we don't want to be limited to it! If you have the skills, please translate the printable version of this guide into any language you can and adapt it to other paper sizes, like A4. Send translated and resized versions as attachments to, with matching directory structure and file types to the original archive. Feel free to credit yourself on the translation.

If you're in the Boston-area, you are invited to the Giveaway the Free Software Foundation is organizing on Thursday, December 18th, meeting at 6:30 PM in the Harvard Square Station. Please RSVP to if you're coming.

Happy holidays!

Defective by Design needs your support to maintain our resources for DRM-free living and keep publicly calling out digital restrictions for what they are -- oppressive. Can you pitch in to help us fight DRM this holiday season?