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+<title>Proprietary DRM - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation</title>
+<!--#include virtual="/philosophy/po/proprietary-sabotage.translist" -->
+<!--#include virtual="/server/banner.html" -->
+<p>Here are examples of proprietary programs and systems that
+implement <em>digital restrictions management</em> (<acronym>DRM</acronym>):
+functionalities designed intentionally to restrict what users can do.
+These functionalities are also called <em>digital handcuffs</em>.
+<p>DRM is reinforced by
+censorship laws</a> that ban software (and hardware) that can break
+the handcuffs. Instead of these laws, DRM ought to illegal. Please
+support our campaign
+to <a href="http://DefectiveByDesign.org/">abolish DRM</a>.
+The Amazon Kindle has DRM</a>. That article is flawed in that it
+fails to treat DRM as an ethical question; it takes for granted that
+whatever Amazon might do to its users is legitimate. It refers to DRM
+as digital “rights” management, which is the spin term
+used to promote DRM. Nonetheless it serves as a reference for the
+We refer to that product as the
+<a href="/philosophy/why-call-it-the-swindle.html"> Amazon Swindle </a>
+because of this and <a href="/philosophy/ebooks.html">
+other malicious functionalities</a>.
+in Windows</a>, introduced to cater to <a href="#bluray">Bluray</a>
+disks. (The article talks about how the same malware would later be
+introduced in MacOS. That had not been done at the time, but it was
+in MacOS</a>. This article focuses on the fact that a new model of
+Macbook introduced a requirement for monitors to have malicious
+hardware, but DRM software in MacOS is involved in activating the
+hardware. The software for accessing Itunes is also responsible.
+DRM in Flash Player</a>.
+DVDs and <a name="bluray">Bluray</a> disks have DRM</a>.
+<p>That page uses spin terms that favor DRM,
+including <a href="/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html#DigitalRightsManagement">
+digital “rights” management</a>
+and it claims that “artists” (rather than companies) are
+primarily responsible for putting digital restrictions management into
+these disks. Nonetheless, it is a reference for the facts.
+<p>Every Bluray disk (with few, rare exceptions) has DRM — so
+don't use Bluray disks!
+DRM in Cars Will Drive Consumers Crazy</a>.
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+$Date: 2014/03/21 12:54:07 $
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