I’ve been covering the Free Software Foundation’s Defective By Designcampaign against Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies since its planning stages. Starting from scratch, in less than three months, the campaign has grown to 7000 members. This number is impressive.https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/five-minute-guide-opposing-drm
Ray Beckerman, one of the leading attorneys standing up to the RIAA, will sit down for a conference call with DefectiveByDesign.org members and supporters.
Ray will explain how we can fight 3 critical court cases, and he will demonstrate how the record labels collude to produce defective products — defective because they are crippled with DRM.
The flashmobs are at it again, this time it was Apple. Check out Apple Events June 10th.
You can help thwart DRM.
- Take the pledge to fight DRM, join DefectiveByDesign.org
- Refuse to purchase hardware which includes Treacherous Computing or Digital Restrictions Management functionality.
- Boycott CDs and DVD’s with DRM, and download music and video from sites that don’t force DRM upon you.
- Let your public institutions of learning and research know that they should also boycott DRM. See Richard Stallmans letter to the Boston Public Library as an example.
- Read the FAQs
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Newsforge has the story
FSF launches anti-DRM campaign outside WinHEC 2006
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) launched its anti-Digital Rights Management (DRM) campaign in Seattle this morning. When attendees of the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2006 arrived at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center to hear a keynote address by Bill Gates, a small group of FSF members and their local allies were waiting to greet them, dressed in yellow hazmat suits and handing out pamphlets explaining that Microsoft products are — in the words of the key slogan for the campaign — “defective by design” because of the DRM technologies included in them.
The FSF has created the defectivebydesign.org Web site.