International Day Against DRM

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International Day Against DRM
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Richard Stallman during the 2017 International Day Against DRM in Genoa
GenreEducational activities and activist demonstrations and happenings
Inaugurated2006 (2006)
FounderDefective by Design / Free Software Foundation
Patron(s)Defective by Design / Free Software Foundation
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Activists protesting Sony's DRM restrictions in Dhaka on the 2016 Day Against DRM
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Day Against DRM graffiti in 2006 in Florida

International Day Against DRM (IDAD), sometimes called just Day Against DRM or anti-DRM day, is a grassroots international observance of protests against digital rights management (DRM) technology. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] The event is intended as "a counterpoint to the pro-DRM message broadcast by powerful media and software companies" [3] and aims to draw attention to DRM's anti-consumer aspects. [5]



International Day Against DRM has been also described as a reaction against the lobbyist-dominated World Intellectual Property Day of the World Intellectual Property Organization, which promotes DRM. [6] World Intellectual Property Day has been criticized by the activists from civil society organizations such as IP Justice and the Electronic Information for Libraries who consider it one-sided propaganda as the marketing materials associated with the event, provided by WIPO, "come across as unrepresentative of other views and events". [7] Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, noted that "World Intellectual Property Day has become little more than a lobbyist day". [8]


This recurring event has been organized annually since 2006, and has been first introduced by the Defective by Design initiative. [9] Various activities related to the event happen around the world, organized by anti-DRM grassroots activists and organizations. [2] [3] [10] During the International Day Against DRM, there are discussions and promotions of DRM-free media and technology. [1] Consumers are encouraged to switch to DRM-free alternatives. [11] Companies that agree with the criticism of DRM have been known to offer discounts on products like DRM-free ebooks. [12] In 2008 Defective by Design announced 35 consecutive Days Against DRM, each one warning the public against a different DRM-related product or service. [13]

This event has been endorsed by a number of civil society organizations [3] such as the Free Software Foundation (creator of the Defective by Design initiative), [9] [14] Creative Commons, [15] the Document Foundation, [16] the Electronic Freedom Foundation, [17] the Open Rights Group, [18] Public Knowledge, [19] and companies like O'Reilly Media, [20] iFixIt [21] and Packt. [10]

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