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People all over the world spoke out against Digital Restrictions Management with flyering, rallies, jam sessions, and writings. The ninth International Day Against DRM was a landslide of community activism in support of media users’ rights. Protestors at the New York City Apple store were evicted by uncomfortable security guards. Principled cooks in Italy created painfully spicy — but tasty-looking — DRM-themed snacks to illustrate the bait-and-switch deception of DRM-encumbered media. And a solitary activist took on the entire University of Illinois at Chicago campus with nothing but a few hundred flyers and an unflappable attitude. As of the time of this writing, we’ve heard about three times as many organized events as last year, a total of fifteen. Great job, anti-DRM community!

This was an empowering and memorable ninth International Day Against DRM, and it shows our efforts to raise public awareness about DRM are working. But our work is far from over. Even if you are ready to pledge a lifetime commitment to the iPod as your only brand of music player or iPhone as your only cell phone, you may find that copy protection will, sooner or later, cause you grief. You are always going to have to buy Apple stuff. Forever and ever. Because your iTunes will not play on anyone else’s hardware. It is true for most of big brands and their affiliates.

To support DRM, we are streaming old music with self-permission …. which corporate oligarchies cum cronies must own copyright to share music and why? Create, share and listen to streaming music playlists for free and fight for westernized hippy cronies taking over your right to music with smart ancestral copyright corruption laws and modern junk. We also help transparent entities to create and publish their own media channels or platforms and establish communities (mobile, apps, audio, video, website) to build on free and open Internet – source of NetNeutrality!

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5 thoughts on “Community activists are stars of International Day Against DRM”

  1. Education also needs our attention. The recent introduction of Pearson’s “Netflix of textbooks” model inhibits students’ rights to education by digitally constraining their learning environment. With our 2019 [International Day Against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), we are exposing our rapidly diminishing authority over our technology, as exemplified by Pearson. Steps like these set a dangerous precedent for all readers, no matter their age or location.

    More at https://www.defectivebydesign.org/blog/help_defend_right_read_stand_against_drm_october_12th

  2. While in quarantine, we’ve all been conscious of how the way we engage with our favorite films, television, music and even education. Many (if not most) homes connected to a high-speed Internet connection have turned to streaming services that peddle DRM to seek entertainment, subjecting themselves to onerous restrictions in exchange for a way to pass the time. The Defective by Design campaign exists to raise awareness about the injustice of these services and other ways that media conglomerates use DRM to deprive computer users of their freedom.

    In the last few years since the rise of these services, we’ve seen their influence grow from a mere drop in the bucket of video distribution to a stranglehold on global culture. Each more poorly named and unnecessary than the last, these APPfied services dictate what we watch, surveil us while we watch it, and through it all, make use of digital restrictions to keep viewers helpless and unable to exert meaningful control on how they choose to experience movies, music, television and education. Not only do they keep subscribers trapped in the “walled gardens” of their service, but these dis-services dictate exactly how the works they distribute can be viewed, down to mandating the use of proprietary software and hardware that curtails user freedom. We deserve better.

    The influence the DRM industry has on the Web shows itself more strongly with every day that passes, which is why we need grassroots efforts like IDAD to raise awareness of the serious ethical issues brought on by DRM, and what community efforts can do to stop it (remember the smarties will call us anti-development to keep its paying masses engaged).

    Streaming Covid DRM with more stronger slaps to TRP ROI capitalists, social industry vs capital pimping

  3. This year’s annual day in protest of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) will be on December 4th, 2020, and will focus on streaming services’ unjust use of DRM. We need your help to spread that message far and wide to both anti-DRM activists and those simply concerned with how in a world with continued technological advancement, our digital freedoms are increasingly under threat.

  4. Like any infestation, the problem gets worse when it’s ignored. “The war at home” against streaming services continues, and anti-DRM activists from all over the world will be ready on December 4th to help pave the way to a future without DRM.

  5. There is such a value (indeed, a legal principle) that limits the government – it is considered improper for the government to take adverse action against you without evidence, normally heard in court – but we aren’t dealing with the government. We’re dealing with private organizations here.

    Think for a moment about the implications of a claimed value. It would mean that no person could make any judgment of another, positive or negative, for any purpose, on any basis other than evidence heard in court. It’s preposterous, and completely unworkable – there aren’t enough courts to even begin to make all the judgments that would be required. And even you aren’t behaving in a way that’s consistent with it. After all, you’re judging a company as lacking integrity, and there’s certainly been no evidence heard in court to that effect. And you’re (at least implicitly) judging its owners as less than “any average educated person”, despite at least some having evidence to the contrary.

    Now, if you instead state the value as “do not consider anyone malicious without evidence”, I’d agree with you – we should not make judgments of others, and particularly in ways that affect those others, without evidence. But if that’s the value, then company isn’t violating it – inclusion on a list is evidence of nefarious history. It isn’t conclusive evidence, to be sure, but it is evidence.

    And earlier in time I discovered that many of the online “watchdogs” such as Google Safebrowsing, the Firefox reports, Macafee, WOT, and similar, may be influenced by the anonymous members of the “community”, who may maliciously tag the website to be malicious.

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