We're at a crucial moment in the fight against DRM. This year--thanks
to the strength of the movement FSF has been building through its
Defective By Design campaign--we defeated DRM on music. But DRM on
movies, books, games, and other digital media is a bigger threat than
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Here are some highlights from Defective by Design's work in 2009:
-- 2009 was the year that music DRM died. But when Apple's
went DRM-free on music, we celebrated the victory without buying the
hype: Apple still uses DRM on virtually everything else they sell
(movies, TV shows, games, audiobooks, applications, and of course
-- Ebooks and ebook readers took off this year, and so did the threat of
DRM on books. When Amazon deleted copies of George Orwell's 1984
from hundreds of people's ebook readers, we collected thousands of
signatures from readers, authors, public intellectuals and librarians
demanding an end to ebook DRM.
-- At the same time, we praised and promoted the work of authors and
publishers who do the right thing and
keep their books DRM-free, like
Harlequin's new publishing house Carina Press, or the hundreds of
publishers who tagged their work "drmfree".
Through all this, Defective by Design is proud to be the only voice
saying loud and clear that there's no such thing as "better" or
"friendlier" DRM. No matter how many devices it works on, or what
"features" it includes to trick people into accepting it, DRM robs us
of our basic rights and insults human curiosity--it needs to go.
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