DRM creates a damaged good. It prevents you from doing what would normally be possible if it wasn't there, and this is creating a dangerous situation for freedom, privacy and censorship. DRM is designed to take all of the incredible possibilities enabled by digital technologies and place them under the control of a few, who can then micromanage and track everything we do with our media. (...) For example, DRM gives ebook sellers the power to remotely delete all copies of a book, to keep track of what books readers are interested in and, with some software, even what notes they take in their books. (...) In September 2005 a Disney executive named Peter Lee told The Economist, "If consumers even know there's a DRM, what it is, and how it works, we've already failed". A year later, on October 3rd we made that prediction come true. [1]

DRM is control over content Except that the control is not in the hands of the end-user. The original purpose of DRM is understandable, but the implications over the flow of information and culture within a society are frightening.

  • Imagine a book that automatically became glued shut after you read it once.
  • Imagine documents that self-destructed if you tried to take them out of the room.
  • Imagine telephones that only worked if the person you were ringing was renting the same make and model.

Sounds crazy? Well, that's what DRM is about. The truth is those who provide DRM hate your freedoms.

Be smart. Choose free software.

See alsoEdit


  1. What is DRM?

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