Happy Day Against DRM!

By Cory Doctorow


Today, May 4, is the International Day Against DRM, the day in which the Free Software Foundation's "Defective By Design" campaign urges you to celebrate DRM-free media and boycott DRM. There are plenty of local events, poster templates, and the DefectiveByDesign page has a lot of suggestions for other ways to participate:

Here's a nice lagniappe: all of O'Reilly's ebooks are 50% off with the code DRMFREE today.

International Day Against DRM — May 4, 2012

Published 12:33 am Fri, May 4, 2012

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About the Author

I write books. My latest are: a YA graphic novel called In Real Life (with Jen Wang); a nonfiction book about the arts and the Internet called Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age (with introductions by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer) and a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.

13 Responses to “Happy Day Against DRM!”

  1. niktemadur says:

    Surely everyone here finds it obscene when your child wants to see “Toy Story” or “Cars” or whatever, and is subjected to a barrage of promos THEN the obligatory FBI warnings.  As a parent, you press “>>”, something like TWENTY times.

    Please “Punch me in the face and call me Nancy” (Father John Misty) with this one:  When I screened films at a cultural center back in 2005 to 2007, I bought an Oppo for the task.  Then I never picked it up, and “nobody knows” where it is now.  But it’s not like “they” know the value of an Oppo, so yeah, I believe it.  But I lost a damned Oppo DVD player!

    What, do I think top of the line, supremely hackable DVD players grow on trees?  Stupid, stupid, stupid…

    But hey, no matter what, I’m not buying any Sony anymore.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS84BMFszW0

    • Ladyfingers says:

       Usually pressing stop twice allows the film to be resumed without all the unskippable junk.

      • niktemadur says:

        Not on my old Sony DVD player, bought before I vowed to never buy their products again.

    • xian says:

      I hear you… This is precisely the reason I have an Apple TV. All our kids movies have been ripped and stripped of all the trailers, ads, warnings, menus, etc.

  2. helleman says:

    New favorite word –  lagniappe.   BoingBoing – my word expanding blog.  Thanks Cory!

    • niktemadur says:

      An approximate in Spanish:  obsequio.  I’ve always loved that word.

      But back to French, the smell of fresh rain on dry soil:  petrichor.

  3. suburbanhick says:

    If that illustration isn’t by Gerald Scarfe, someone’s got some splainin’ to do….

    • m413 says:

      Scarfe? Oh that guy who has the exact same style as hunter s thompson’s illustrator steadman. While I am honored to be put in the ring with Scarfe, my work and style is different in many ways as is my message. I don’t mind explaining myself to a guy who steals from Ricky Ricardo.

      • suburbanhick says:

        You’re right, and I stand corrected. I did mean that your work looks like Steadman. Scarfe was another artist I thought of whose work instantly makes me think of Steadman.

        I checked out your portfolio, which is why I was so surprised the illustration used in the article looks so much like a lift from Steadman. You clearly have your own well-developed style, which you use to good effect; why such an obvious lift? The ink spatters and ink-nib scratches? Sorry – that just screams “Steadman!!” to me.

      • m413 says:

        In all my work a certain amount if splattering and gestural line work is used to some degree. Some work employe more use of these devices them others. The DRM piece had dome splattering and gestural line work but I do not feel it use was used as gratuitously as a steadman piece. I see where you draw your comparison from but I feel steadman style and mine are not as closely connected as you see them. We both employ similar techniques but for different desired affect.

        At the end if the day I am glad I got the chance to talk about my work. I hope you can find the time to check out my political comics Monday – Friday.

  4. Jacob Ewing says:

    The link to  “a banner or widget for Day Against DRM” is giving a 404 error.  I’m guessing that’s because it links locally to http://boingboing.net/dayagainstdrm/banners/ rather to http://www.defectivebydesign.org/dayagainstdrm/banners/

    – nice 404 page BTW.

  5. chgoliz says:

    So that’s why the Keith Haring guys are dancing today on Google.

  6. Sam Gonzalez says:

    I do find it ironic that on this Day against DRM, I lost my e-licenser Dongle to use my legitimate version of Cubase 6.5 in my music production studio, and was left with no option but to turn around and drive back home as the studio was unusable without it. Unfortunately e-licenser has no temporary internet verification for such an occasion which I can assure you is not rare.

    In the music production industry there is rampant piracy of software, and plenty of dollars being made with cracked plugins so I understand the need to try and curtail this. But when over the top software protection actually stops me being able to do my job, it really does more harm than good.