[pp.int.general] Fwd: We've got momentum, but we need more protest selfies

Zbigniew Łukasiak zzbbyy at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 16:43:31 CET 2016

Just forward.


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From: Free Software Foundation <info at fsf.org>
Date: Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 10:35 PM
Subject: We've got momentum, but we need more protest selfies
To: Zbigniew Lukasiak <zzbbyy at gmail.com>

Dear Zbigniew Lukasiak,
[image: Four protesters from around the world]

Explore the gallery of photos
against DRM in Web standards, and add your own!

Last week
we asked you to show the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that you wouldn't
allow Digital Restrictions Management in the Web's technical standards, and
you answered. From around the world, you sent in protest selfies
against the proposed restriction standards championed by Netflix, Apple,
Microsoft, Google and Hollywood. With you at our backs, we're
organizing a major
demonstration this Sunday
outside the building where the W3C will be meeting to discuss DRM. A
parallel demonstration
<https://libreplanet.org/wiki/Demonstrations_against_DRM_in_HTML> is
planned outside the W3C office in Amsterdam. Our activism is working -- the
campaign has drawn renewed attention to this once low-profile issue and
more people are learning that DRM standards would be a major regression for
user freedom on the Web.

*We've got momentum now, and we're going to use it. Taking action in these
two ways will help us win:*

*Add your protest selfie to the gallery:* Pose with a sign protesting DRM
in Web standards in front of a local landmark or skyline. This will make it
clear that just as the Web is global, objection to DRM in its standards is
global as well. The best landmark? One of the 20 W3C offices, scattered
across the world (addresses for USA's
<https://www.w3.org/Consortium/contact-mit> and Japan's
<https://www.w3.org/Consortium/contact-keio> and all others
<https://www.w3.org/Consortium/Offices/staff>). Try our printable sign
if you're not feeling creative.

Don't hesitate to invite friends for your photo. Even if they aren't
already up to speed on the details of this campaign, they use the Web and
DRM affects them too. Send your photos to info at defectivebydesign.org, along
with the location where you took them. Photos sent to us will be shared
under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license
<https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/>, so please provide the
attribution you would like listed, or if you would like to remain
anonymous, please state that you wish for no attribution. We'll publish as
many of the photos as we can by Sunday.

*Organize a demonstration:* There's a clear way to take this to the next
level -- if you live near one of the W3C offices, organize a demonstration
there! We'll help bring people by emailing fellow activists near you, and
you can print our graphics and flyers
<https://www.defectivebydesign.org/printable>. A demonstration on Sunday,
3/20 will be the most impactful, even if it is only a few brave souls. The
details are up to you, but we recommend picketing outside with signs and
then attempting to peacefully deliver a printed copy of our position letter
<https://static.fsf.org/dbd/Joint_Letter_on_W3C_HTML5_proposal.pdf> against
DRM in Web standards to the office. Let us know at campaigns at fsf.org if you
can lead a demonstration.

Over the weekend, Joi Ito, a prominent Internet freedom advocate, came out
against DRM in Web standards
<https://boingboing.net/2016/03/13/joi-ito-on-drm-the-world-wide.html>. We
have other important allies, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation
many member organizations and staffers at the W3C, and the 26 signers of
our joint letter
<https://www.defectivebydesign.org/sign-on-against-drm-in-html> (read it
for more detailed arguments against DRM in standards). The W3C's leadership
and the proponents of DRM standards are watching closely, concerned about
the amount of attention we are drawing to this. We've met privately with
W3C leadership over this issue before, and now our allies are working with
the W3C to arrange a public meeting in Cambridge on Sunday. Some of the W3C
staff have blogged about our campaign. Everyone is waiting with
anticipation for our demonstrations against DRM standards this Sunday, at
W3C offices in the US
and in Amsterdam

If we can keep the W3C from agreeing to DRM in Web standards, people will
look back on this as a historic victory for the free Web. Let's do it,

Zak Rogoff
Campaigns Manager

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