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04 May 2011, 12:40

Free Software Foundation organises "Day Against DRM"

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Day Against DRM On its campaign page, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced that 4 May (today) will be this year's "Day Against DRM". With this day of action, the organisation wants to focus the public's attention on the risks of what it considers to be an anti-social technology. The FSF has created a wiki page which allows users to swap campaign banners and event ideas.

The campaign organisers complain that companies such as Amazon and Apple use digital rights management (DRM), also known as digital copy protection, to maximise their profits at the expense of their products' usability; they say that DRM restricts users' liberties and puts them at the mercy of vendors. The Free Software Foundation has, therefore, called on users to avoid products that use restrictive copy protection. In this context, the FSF recently renewed its call to boycott Sony for taking legal action against various hackers who bypassed the Playstation 3's copy protection.

The non-profit organisation regularly organises campaigns to promote its goals and generate publicity for its demands. The "Day Against DRM" was first held in October 2006 and is repeated at irregular intervals.


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