Digital Restrictions Management. DRM. the software that comes
bolted to your digital media and computerized devices and tries to
police your behavior. The major media companies are its masters, and
they justify it as a necessary evil to prevent filesharing, calling it
Digital Rights Management. But it does more than that, and worse than
that. Giving its owners power over our cars, medical devices, phones,
computers, and more, it opens a deep crack in our digital rights and
freedoms. That crack will only get wider and more dangerous as our
societies continue to interweave with technology.
Governments and corporations steer the massive technosocial system
that perpetuates DRM and makes it profitable, often opposing the interests of the technology's actual users. Committed to
a more just and equal technological future, our movement pushes back.
In addition to our ongoing efforts, we're launching a new campaign today. Its goal is to make Netflix begin releasing its Web traffic from unnecessary and user-hostile DRM. Netflix accounts for more than half of peak traffic in some countries -- we have to do this if we are going to move past DRM as a society.
Today, is the International Day Against DRM, and like-minded people around the world are standing up for their digital rights. Will you join them?
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