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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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  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.

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