The FSF is ready to take our next step in the campaign to get 50,000 signatures against DRM in HTML. We just finished our organizational sign-on letter directed at the W3C and its member organizations. We are asking FSFI and a handful of other close organizations to review it and commit to sign before we open it up to the many other organizations that have expressed interest.
Please read the attached sign-on letter and let us know ASAP if FSFI has any blocking concerns that would prevent you from signing it. If so, we’ll do our best to rapidly make the necessary changes and bounce it back to you. We will finalize the letter at 09:00 EDT on this Tuesday (April 15th), so that will be the last time to get edits in. We’re very sorry for the short notice; we’re still recouping and handling follow-up from our yearly conference at the end of March.
After the letter is finalized on Tuesday morning, we’ll put out a call to all of the organizations that have expressed interest in the letter, asking them to offer their signatures by 14:00 EDT on this Thursday (April 18th). At that time, we invite all signing orgs to join us in a press blitz to get the letter widely read and funnel traffic to the petition. The FSF will taking part by releasing a press release and likely a blog post as well.
Since the purpose of the sign on letter is to get signatures for the petition at http://www.defectivebydesign.org/no-drm-in-html5, we’d love it if signers could link very prominently to the petition in their announcement of the sign-on letter.
Our deadline for our 50,000 signers is http://www.defectivebydesign.org/no-drm-in-html5 May 3rd, the International Day Against DRM. We’re around 11,000 right now, so we need the publicity from this sign-on letter to attract enough people to meet that goal. On May 3rd, even if we haven’t met 50,000 signatures, we’ll pull off an eye-catching hand-delivery of the petition to the W3C, since they are right down the road from our office.
Thanks and hope to hear from you soon. We’re glad to have you with us in this campaign.