International Day Against DRM: Say no to DRM in HTML5

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Today is the seventh annual International Day Against DRM (Digital Rights Management). We've talked a lot here about DRM particularly in movies and books (read my two-part timeline, The DRM graveyard: A brief history of digital rights management in music
and part 2 about video and TV). But what's most important for this year's Day Against DRM isn't any of that. Rather, it's the very future of the way we use the web, due to efforts to get DRM into HTML5. Read this post from the Free Culture Foundation to better understand why that's a problem.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's International Day Against DRM site has suggestions for ways you can participate today. You can also pick up some DRM-free content to show your support, and in some cases, get a discount:

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Ruth Suehle is the community leadership manager for Red Hat's Open Source and Standards team. She's co-author of Raspberry Pi Hacks (O'Reilly, December 2013) and a senior editor at GeekMom, a site for those who find their joy in both geekery and parenting.

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The Free Culture Foundation has a petition to ask the W3C to not include DRM in HTML5.

"We call on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and its member organizations to reject the Encrypted Media Extensions proposal (EME), which would incorporate support for Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) into HTML."

You can read and sign the petition here:

http://www.defectivebydesign.org/no-drm-in-html5

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Steve Stites

The Twitter Hashtag for today: #DayAgainstDRM

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