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Day Against DRM 2012

Jane Park, May 4th, 2012

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Today is Day Against DRM. If you don’t already, you should know that DRM stands for Digital Rights Management (or probably more accurately, Digital Restrictions Management), and that we have blogged about this day before for good reasons, including,

  • DRM causes problems regarding fair use, lack of competition, privacy and security breaches, forced obsolescence, and more… (Read the Wikipedia article on DRM.)
  • CC provides tools to make it easier for creators and owners to say what rights they reserve and permissions they grant — maximizing sharing and collaboration. This is in stark contrast with DRM that uses technology to make it harder to share and collaborate.
  • CC licenses do not allow users of CC-licensed works to use DRM to prevent other users from taking advantage of the freedoms already granted by the license.

In addition, Defectivebydesign.org notes that,

While DRM has largely been defeated in downloaded music, it is a growing problem in the area of ebooks, where people have had their books restricted so they can’t freely loan, re-sell or donate them, read them without being tracked, or move them to a new device without re-purchasing all of them. They’ve even had their ebooks deleted by companies without their permission.

See all blog posts on Day Against DRM here, where you can also access banners and pledge to take action.

3 Responses to “Day Against DRM 2012”

  1. christina theodosiades says:

    I have myself been very confused to all the rights we have to give up. while agreeing to have any claim over anything.

  2. This is a 2 year old Open Letter ( http://goo.gl/upX9S ) I wrote to DefectiveByDesign urging for a conversation on “socially responsible design” instead of the usual extremism found on this issue…
    Have a great FairDay!

  3. hippy steve says:

    a kickstarter project for a non-DRM open standard for HD video http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2144275086/lib-ray-non-drm-open-standards-hd-video-format

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