July 28, 2011 | By Richard Esguerra

The Humble Indie Bundle: Epic Win for Creators, Customers, and Digital Civil Liberties

The ground-breaking Humble Indie Bundle asks customers to pay whatever price they want for five DRM-free games, and then gives customers the option of distributing their donation among the developers, promoters, EFF, and the Child's Play charity. Since first naming EFF as a non-profit beneficiary in 2010, the smart and savvy folks at Humble Bundle have rallied freedom-minded gamers throughout the world to donate over half a million dollars for the defense of digital civil liberties.

In some ways, EFF wouldn't be around to fight for users' rights if it weren't for gamers. In 1990, EFF sued the Secret Service for the unconstitutional search and seizure of computers from Steve Jackson Games, a roleplaying and tabletop game company. In the decades since then, we've continued to fight for gamers' rights, most recently urging the Supreme Court to strike down a California law banning the sale of "violent" video games. (They did!)

Last year, donations from Humble Indie Bundles made up 14% of EFF's total revenue, resources that were put to use immediately to defend individuals from bullying lawsuits, educate courts nationwide about online free speech and privacy issues, highlight important digital civil liberties conflicts worldwide, and lobby Congress to protect our rights online. We humbly offer our thanks to the generosity of Humble Indie Bundle donors, as well as respect for the creativity and devotion of the indie game developers behind the amazing games being offered. We're proud to be a beneficiary of such a bold, independent way of distributing games and compensating creators.

And if you haven't already, check out the delightful and challenging collection of games in the Humble Indie Bundle #3: Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfight, and And Yet It Moves!


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