The most important work for freedom that this culture has seen in generations

The Free Software Foundation and Richard Stallman’s work represents the most important work for freedom that this culture, the American culture, has seen in many many generations because it takes the ideas of freedom and it removes it from the ivory tower, and it removes it from lawyers, and places it in a community—a technology community—that is one of the most important communities defining the contours of freedom that most people in our culture and increasingly around the world will know.

Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons.

Fellow DRM elimination crew members: As 2010 rolls to an end, we can take this time to reflect on the growing DRM threat that our society faces and the role DRM plays in attacking all our freedoms.

Most notably this year, Apple’s walled garden expanded with their launch of the iPad, and the announcement of their DRM App Store for Mac OS X. But Apple is not alone: Microsoft, Amazon, Sony, Intel and Adobe are increasing their efforts too. 2010 was also a year when video game companies continued to impose ever more draconian DRM on game players.

For our work to continue, for more people to become aware of the fight against DRM, we need to grow. To grow, we need your support: both your continued support as part of the DRM elimination crew — supporting our actions and sending in tips and news for new DRM and DRM-free services, but also your financial support.

In these times, it really is important that we build professional and social solidarity around a core set of ideals. It’s critical that we hang together, both to advance our positive ideas for a better world and to stop those trying to turn computers against their users.

Defective by Design is a campaign of the Free Software Foundation, and associate members of the Free Software Foundation form a society — a society supporting the ethical cause of computer users everywhere, whether that is fighting the danger of DRM, or working to educate and advocate for software freedom.

Join us in a growing society of over 3,000 dedicated members — your friends and peers — in over 45 countries.

This article was first posted on Defective By Design.

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