Group: Defective by Design/Day Against DRM 2016

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The International Day Against DRM is an opportunity to unite a wide range of projects, public interest organizations, web sites and individuals in an effort to raise public awareness to the danger of technology that requires users to give-up control of their computers or that restricts access to digital data and media. This year, we'll be helping individuals and groups work together to create local actions in their communities — actions will range from protesting an unfriendly hardware vendor to handing out informative fliers at local public libraries!

Interested in planning an event? Please join the DRM Elimination crew discussion list. If you're looking for help with the organizing process, don't hesitate to send an email asking if there are others in your area -- the list has people all over the world. Once you've decided to host an event, please add it to this page, along with any necessary contact information. It's good to add it as soon as you have a date and contact info, even if you're still working out the details. Make sure to include the what, where, and when, along with your contact info for potential attendees. For event ideas, see last year's list of events . If you host one, please send photos to


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Boston, MA: Public education over the W3C and DRM

We'll educate the public in front of the offices of the World Wide Web Consortium, which is currently the battleground for a our opposition to a plan to add a universal DRM system to the Web. Then we'll try to meet with W3C officials about the threat of DRM in Web standards.

  • MEETING TIME: 11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 3
  • MEETING POINT: In front of the Stata Center at MIT (aka building 32): 32 Vassar Street Cambridge, MA 02139
  • PLAN:
    • 11:30 - 12:30 Flyering and public education outside W3C Offices at Stata Building
    • Offer to meet with W3C Staff to politely discuss the dangers of DRM in the Web

Washington DC: Roaming teach-in for digital freedom

We'll distribute information about DRM in front of the office of the MPAA and RIAA, major industry groups that coordinate lobbying for laws that support DRM and unjust prosecution of those that circumvent it. Our last stop will be the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, to call attention to DRM's harm on libraries, and celebrate the possibility of a DRM-free future.

The goal of the teach-in is to use engaging materials get people thinking about the realities of DRM and excited about DRM-free media. Come to do whatever is best for your comfort level - you can hand out info, or take it to the next level and have educational conversations with passersby. Only a basic understanding of DRM issues is required -- we'll provide handouts and flyers, as well as a knowledgeshare session beforehand to practice the explaining DRM.

We'll gather afterwards at [NEW LOCATION] Chinatown Express (746 6th St NW) to talk about DRM activism and share snacks and drinks courtesy of the Free Software Foundation. If you can only come for the flyering, or only come for Austin Grill, you are still more than welcome. RSVP encouraged.

  • MEETING TIME: 5:45 PM, Tuesday, May 3
  • MEETING POINT: Pret A Manger restaurant on 17th & K street, right next to the Farragut North Metro Station.
  • PLAN:
    • 5:45 - 6:15 Sign-making, knowledge-share at Pret a Manger
    • 6:15 - 7:30 Teach-in at the MPAA, RIAA and Library (walking between destinations)
    • 7:45 - 9:00 [NEW LOCATION] Chinatown express (746 6th St NW)

In total, the event will involve about 1.4 miles of walking. The sidewalks have wheelchair ramps and the all the locations we are visiting are wheelchair accessible.

Washington State

Activists and FSF staff are planning an event. If you'd like to participate or help organize, join the LibrePlanet Washington List or read the public archives.

Albany/Berkley Calif

Occupy the Farm Earth Day 2016. OCCUPY THE FARM: UC Berkley Gill Tract in Albany CA.

A great movement that shares similar goals and ideals. It works for handing out Day Against DRM 2016 flyers: Here is a link to the folks who are Occupy the farm:



How much stuff do you think you "own," but really only have a limited license to use in specific ways?  You may be surprised to learn who is restricting your freedom to innovate and share information. Find out at "Day Against DRM" with the people of the Henry George School of Chicago.

We're an independent nonprofit school of political economy, teaching primarily based on ideas from Henry George.

We'll watch some videos dealing with open source, what it is, why it's essential for security, and how ill-conceived government practices prevent it. The program will be of interest to Georgists who want to learn more about how “intellectual” “property” interests restrict our freedom, to open source advocates concerned about the broader political economy in which we live, and to everyone concerned about freedom and security. It is of course open to the public without charge.

where: 30 E Adams #1207, Chicago 60603, USA

when: Tuesday May 3, 5pm to 8:30.


email contact:

voice phone: 312 450 2906

The tentative list of videos we'll see:

   User Liberation (introduction to software freedom, without an obvious title) Free Software Foundation (2:53)
   Freedom in my Heart: Lessons from a Cyborg Lawyer Karen Sandler (48:34)
   Why is Free Software Important Richard Stallman (7:28)
   Kill All DRM Software in the World Forever, Within a Decade Cory Doctorow (58:27)
   Clouds of Loving Grace: the other war on general-purpose computing Alistair Croll (9:28)
   Fighting Back in the War on General Purpose Computers Cory Doctorow (50:56)

All of these are cc-licensed. Thanks to the creators and to FSF for making this event possible.

A Henry George School instructor, equally unqualified to discuss software and law, will facilitate discussions between and/or behind the videos.

This event is 3 1/2 hours long in order to accommodate people with various schedules, and to show a bunch of great videos. Feel free to arrive and leave whenever is convenient.


Milan: Discussions about DRM and Privacy, 8-bit Music party

This year we would like to celebrate the international day against DRM with a infopoint stand about people freedom's restriction through DRM used to control users' actions and malwares created for illecit spy purposes. Those two threats need a double DJ-set with good 8-bit music to exorcise them and sanitize the Web!

Event hosted by Game Over Milano and Leoncavallo, we wish also for your help to make it a great one

WHEN: Thursday, May 5th 2016, 21:00

WHERE: Leoncavallo, Milan

CONTACT: Natale Vinto <>



Zaragoza: Meeting "Software y Barra Libre": Why should I be concerned about DRM?

We'll be organizing a meeting to discuss about DRM and how it damages people freedom. Everybody worried about their technological freedom is invited. It will take place in a pub so anybody could come.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3th 2016, 19:00

WHERE: Seminario, Zaragoza, Spain


MORE INFO: Blog post (in Spanish)



La comunidad Wikimedia México organiza conferencias sobre la implicación del DRM

  • MEETING TIME: Sábado, 7 de mayo, 16 hrs.
  • MEETING POINT: Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Sala C
  • CONTACT: <>


Dhaka : Discussion on "Why to eliminate DRM"

Join us to celebrate free software with a casual jam session, DRM-free flyers and road march.

  • WHEN: 11:00 - 12:30 on May 3, Tuesday.
  • WHERE: Daffodil International University, Mirpur Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • CONTACT: Ring <> and FOSS Bangladesh PR <>

As you know FOSS Bangladesh is a voluntary, non-profit organization directly promoting and supporting Software and Hardware Freedom and User Rights knowledges here in Bangladesh since 2011. From 2013 we supported the cause to Day Against DRM raised by FSF. And with FSF campaigns we also joined with the global community with our Human tie up on Road here in Bangladesh. We found DRM or Digital Rights Management is going very wrong by the corporations and IT giants, used as DRM or Digital Restrictions Management, hurshly implant to ensure disrepecfully denying the rights of mass people as to make a great monopoly. And to leak out such conspiracy doings we stand out on the road at the key point of University of Dhaka and tried to get noticed by the next generation leaders of Bangladesh the pupils of University of Dhaka as they should be aware of these type of evil doings and it's cruel effects in the IT world. In 2016 we found this day much more important and we are going to meet up some of our writers, poets, novelists, artists, university students and teachers together in our event here in Dhaka and try to make them be informed about DRM. And our regular tie up in front of a DRM supporting organization also continued.

We have had a great event today, May 3 Tuesday 2016.We gathered together and shared our views and comments and have a great discussion on "Why to eliminate DRM". This discussion session was one and half hour long. After this session we have a tie up in front of nearby digital DRM'd device reseller like Sony and Samsung. For event pics plz have this link -- [1]

The Netherlands

Nijmegen: handing out flyers

Join us handing out flyers in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel: open forum about DRM

Join us for a presentation and open forum about DRM and free software. I will present DRM in a non-technical way to anyone interested, afterwards, we can discuss various topics (free software, DRM, ...) in both technical and non-technical settings. Primarily meant for people from the university, but externals are very welcome too!

If there are non-Dutch speakers, I will present in English.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3th 2016, 17:00 local time.

WHERE: Vrije Universiteit Brussel: "Campus Etterbeek", Building E, room E1.2 Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Elsene [2]

CONTACT: Ruben De Smet <> +32 474 09 11 50