“When companies organize to design products to restrict us, we have to organize to defeat them” — FSF president Richard Stallman
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Thursday, February 25, 2010 — Social justice and online rights groups today announced that Tuesday May 4, 2010 will be this year’s International Day Against Digital Restrictions
The Day Against DRM will unite a wide range of projects, public interest organizations, web sites and individuals in an effort to raise public awareness to the danger of technology that restricts users’ access to movies, music, literature and software; indeed, all forms of digital data. Many DRM schemes monitor a user’s activities and report what they see to the corporations that impose the DRM.
As part of its Defective by Design anti-DRM campaign, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) will be helping to coordinate anti-DRM activists all over the world to mobilize the public against this anti-social technology. They have also published an article detailing a short history of a “Decade in DRM“
“DRM attacks your freedom at two levels. Its purpose is to attack your freedom by restricting your use of your copies of published works. Its means is to force you to use proprietary software, which means you don’t control what it does. When companies organize to design products to restrict us, we have to organize to defeat them,” said FSF president Richard Stallman.
Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group said, “DRM is a disaster for legitimate uses of music, film and books. They are designed to lock people into specific software and devices, destroying your rights to free speech uses like criticism, education and review. DRM means you lose control, and are at the mercy of vendors.”
Richard Esguerra of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a supporter of the Day Against DRM, said, “Informed technologists and activists were instrumental in exposing DRM’s harms back when most DRM was anticopying software. But now, DRM is evolving as companies seek to restrict far more than just users’ ability to copy files. The International Day Against DRM is a fresh opportunity to rise to the challenge yet again
and fight for technology freedom.”
More events, supporters, and participants for the “Day Against DRM” will be announced as the date approaches. Organizations and individuals that want to be involved can contact info at defectivebydesign dot org or visit Defective by Design to sign up and follow the campaign.