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
Activists protesting Sony's DRM restrictions in Dhaka on the 2016 Day Against DRM
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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "International Day Against DRM 2018 – September 18th | Defective by Design". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  2. ^ a b Noyes, Katherine; Linux, PCWorld | PT About |; News, Open-Source; advice (2012-05-04). "Four Ways to Celebrate 'Day Against DRM' Today". PCWorld. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  3. ^ a b c d "Allies join Defective by Design for the tenth anniversary of the International Day Against DRM — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  4. ^ Berlind, David. "October 3, 2006: DRM lovers' day of reckoning?". ZDNet. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  5. ^ a b "International Day Against DRM Celebrates its 12th Anniversary". TorrentFreak. 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  6. ^ "Organize your community for digital freedom on May 3rd | Defective by Design". Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  7. ^ Sandra Bangasser, 2009, Multilateral Institutions and the Recontextualization of Political Marketing: How the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Outreach Efforts Reflect Changing Audiences. Dissertiation.
  8. ^ "World Intellectual Property Day". Michael Geist. 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  9. ^ a b "FSF takes international day of action for a Day Without DRM on September 18th — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  10. ^ a b Gall, Richard (2018-09-18). "Day Against DRM is back. And its timing couldn't be better". Packt Hub. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  11. ^ Noyes, Katherine; business, PCWorld | PT About | Smart tech advice for your small (2011-05-04). "It's Time to Give Digital Rights Management the Boot". PCWorld. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
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  13. ^ "Allies join Defective by Design for the tenth anniversary of the International Day Against DRM — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software". Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  14. ^ "Tuesday, May 4th is first Day Against DRM". 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  15. ^ "Join CC in supporting the International Day Against DRM". Creative Commons. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  16. ^ "#IDAD, International Day Against DRM". The Document Foundation Blog. 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  17. ^ Higgins, Parker (2012-05-04). "Make Every Day a Day Against DRM". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  18. ^ "Open Rights Group – 30 things we can do about DRM". Open Rights Group. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  19. ^ Meloy, Sean. "Public Knowledge Participates in the International Day Against DRM". Public Knowledge. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  20. ^ Laurent, Simon St (2016-05-03). "Stop the DRM virus". O'Reilly Media. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  21. ^ "Take a Stand Against DRM". iFixit. Retrieved 2019-04-29.

External links[edit]

  • ^ Software Freedom Podcast #1 on Day Against DRM with Cory Doctorow