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FSF Sees Hopeful Signs Before Sunday's 'Day Against DRM' ( 124

The Free Software Foundation's anti-DRM initiative "Defective By Design" argues that since last year's annual Day Against DRM, "we've seen cracks appearing in the foundation of the DRM status quo." The companies that profit from Digital Restrictions Management are still trying to expand the system of law and technology that weakens our security and curtails our rights, in an effort to prop up their exploitative business models. But since the last International Day Against DRM, the TPP trade agreement -- a key pro-DRM initiative -- crashed and burned. And our allies at the Electronic Frontier Foundation brought major legal and regulatory challenges against DRM in Washington DC... If we play our cards right, this may be the beginning of the end of DRM.

On Sunday, July 9, 2017, we will channel this momentum into the International Day Against DRM. We'll be gathering, protesting, and making -- showing the world that we insist on a future without Digital Restrictions Management. Will you join us? Here's what you can do now:

They're asking supporters to plan a protest, translate their fliers into more languages, voice support in videos and blog posts, or make endorsements. And you can also join the "DRM Elimination crew" mailing list or their Freenode IRC channel #dbd for year-round conversation and collaboration with the anti-DRM movement -- or simply make a donation to show your support.
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FSF Sees Hopeful Signs Before Sunday's 'Day Against DRM'

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  • Thanks Trump.
    • Perhaps a case of doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.

    • Almost no one or nothing is either universally good or bad. In this case, Trump managed to successfully prevent a dreadful trade agreement, or rather a trade agreement with some truly dreadful parts to it. Trump did a good thing there, but doing one good thing in a sea of bad ones doesn't make him a good president.

      It's all shades of grey and he's still right down at the "charcoal" end.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 09, 2017 @09:33AM (#54773041)

    ...most people would not understand what I am talking about.

    It does not matter whether it is Widevine CDM, HTML 5 standards [], Trusted Computing [] or something else.

    Most people roll their eyes, when I mention freedom, privacy, and rights in the context of electronics. They often say, "Let them track me. I am not doing anything wrong." or "I need this for work." or "I don't care how it works. Just make it work." They slowly accept their freedom crumbling away.

    The general populace is not impressed by:

    -Examples where people are stopped or pulled over to have their phones searched.
    -By police raids based on incorrect information upon users of IP addresses.
    -By illegal seizures of bank accounts.
    -By texts used as courtroom evidence on a daily basis.
    -By people who are rendered unemployable, stalked, or killed over social media content.

    and many more stark examples of their rights being violated.

    While I am a true believer in Richard Stallman's wisdom, I find it disheartening to work toward compelling the ignorant masses to do what is in their own best interest. Unfortunately, many seem to be perpetually immune to common sense.

  • More and more, folks are feeling entitled. Medical insurance is now considered a "basic right" by many whereas 100 years ago it was not.

    More and more, corporations want longer and longer copyrights with copyright term going from 14 + 14 years to 95 or 120 years.

    These two forces are on a collision course.

    The law makers assume they have the final say. But they don't.

    Laws such as the Micky Mouse Copyright law or the DMC that are not respected are weak. Enforcement of laws is mostly by self regulation.

Loose bits sink chips.