[FSFE PR][EN] International Day Against DRM: fight deliberately crippled technology

Free Software Foundation Europe press at fsfeurope.org
Fri May 3 08:37:43 CEST 2013

= International Day Against DRM: fight deliberately crippled technology =

[Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/2013/news-20130503-01.en.html ]

This Friday,  May 3rd 2013, FSFE is joining the 8th international "Day
against DRM" campaign [1] in the call to end Digital Restrictions
Management (DRM). The fight against DRM has been gathering momentum in
the past weeks.  Freedom activists rallied against DRM in HTML5,
stressing this technology's harmful effects on innovation and user's
freedom. On today's Day Against DRM, our sister organisation the Free
Software Foundation will deliver the petition signatures opposing DRM in
HTML5 to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in Boston.

You still have a few hours to take action: join FSFE, FSF and 25 other
organisations defending digital freedom by signing the petition against
DRM in HTML5 [2].

By accepting to implement DRM in HTML5, W3C would endanger
interoperability and open the door to the implementation of restrictive
technologies in the heart of the internet.

Device manufacturers and corporate copyrights holders have already been
massively infecting their products with user-hostile DRM. Tablets,
smartphones and other minicomputers are sold with numerous restrictions
embedded that cripple users freedom. The proposal at table in W3C goes
even further.

DRM creates damaged goods [3] that users cannot control or use freely.
It requires users to give-up control of their computers and restricts
access to digital data and media. Fight it: use today's international
Day against DRM to spread the word and make yourself heard!

[1] http://www.defectivebydesign.org/dayagainstdrm
[2] http://drm.info
[3] http://www.defectivebydesign.org/

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