International Day Against DRM

May 6, 2014 - 10:00am
Everywhere

This Tuesday May 6th is International Day Against DRM!

What is DRM? It stands for Digital Rights Management, and it refers to any kind of technology that controls what you can and can't do with the media and hardware you've purchased. It can restrict all kinds of lawful activities, such as being able to repair, modify, or re-sell the things that you own. The effect of DRM on your rights has grown thanks to the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which makes it a crime to try to bypass DRM or even spread the knowledge of how to do so. These laws, called anti-circumvention policies, are now being exported around the world international agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

It's time to fight back against these laws that strip users of our rights over the media and devices we've rightfully purchased.

We're taking this day to educate people about the threats of DRM and the current policy challenges we face around DRM. Join us for a live video discussion at 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT to learn more about these fights and join us in a conversation about what we can do to take back our rights to control over the digital media and devices that we own. EFF Staff Attorney Mitch Stoltz, International Director Danny O'Brien, and Global Policy Analyst Maira Sutton will be featured on this live discussion. You can join us at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQPfntJm0_c&feature=youtu.be.

Also, stay tuned for a series of blog posts we'll be publishing that day about all things anti-DRM!

Join us in raising awareness about the threats of DRM by blogging, tweeting, and making your own media. Visit the Free Software Foundation's Defective by Design page to find out more about what you can do.

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