Yesterday, people all over the world spoke out against Digital Restrictions Management with flyering, rallies, teach-ins, and sales on DRM-free media. Our eighth International Day Against DRM was a smashing success. Here are some of the highlights from yesterday's actions:
DRM Elimination Crew activists in Dhaka, Seattle, Boston, and other cities around the globe took to the streets to raise awareness about DRM's harmful effects. At the Boston action, supporters engaged passersby in conversation about DRM in front of a Best Buy, and then snuck a few flyers between copies of DRM-encumbered movies and games before heading to a local pub.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation held an online teach-in. If you missed it, you can watch a recording on their site.
Free Software Foundation Europe released an open letter to the executive body of the European Union.
April, a free software organization in France, held a day of action too.
Several online stores offered sales on DRM-free media, including O'Reilly, the Humble Bundle, No Starch Press, and Packt Publishing.
Lots of people wrote about International Day Against DRM. Here's our reading list:
Public Knowledge Participates in the International Day Against DRM by Sean Meloy
O'Reilly Knocks 50% Off All eBooks And Videos In Honor Of Day Against DRM by Cody Toombs for Android Police
International Day Against DRM by Shaina McAndrews for Narcissus
International Day Against DRM: It's Time to Fix U.S. Copyright Law by Parker Higgins for the EFF
How DRM Harms Our Computer Security by April Glaser and Corynne McSherry for the EFF
Let Your E Go Free: Day Against DRM by Gretchen Giles for Make Magazine
Amazon Started the Day Against DRM Festivities a Week Early by Intentionally Breaking My Kindle eBooks by Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader
Acceptera inte DRM! (Swedish) by Martin Persson, published in the blog of the Swedish progressive librarianship society BiS
How was your Day Against DRM? Send us your photos, blog posts, and videos and we might include them on the site!
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International Day Against DRM is an important time to come together to show our strength, but the fight to eliminate DRM is year-round. If you want to get more involved in the grassroots effort to eliminate DRM, join the DRM Elimination Crew discussion list. The discussion list is instrumental in organizing the Day Against DRM, and helps the Defective by Design staff with ideas and on the ground support throughout the year.
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