Free Culture presents: Down with DRM Video Contest

Enter the Down with DRM video contest for a chance to win a Neuros OSD – a portable digital VCR! (Thanks jborn.)

Joining in Oct 3rd – Day Against DRM, Free Culture will select the 5 best anti-DRM video entries and award a Neuros OSD to each creator. is also looking to air selected anti-DRM videos on their website during the week of October 3rd, and we want to give them a hand.

Here are the official rules to enter Free Culture’s Down with DRM Video Contest:

  • Deadline for submissions: Sunday, October 1 at 11:59pm EDT

  • Criteria for video:
    • Anti-DRM themed
    • Short
    • Video, animation, or remix
    • Make it catchy — we want these videos to be viral
  • Please submit your video to the online video sharing network(s) that you prefer. Here are some examples:
  • Please tag your video with “downwithdrm” and “dbdoct3″so that people can search for it.
  • Preference will be given to submissions under free content licenses such as Creative Commons BY-SA, BY, PD, or the Free Art license.
  • E-mail with a link to your video by October 1 at 11:59pm EDT.
  • Free Culture will select the top 5 entries and award the winners with a Neuros OSD (one per video).


UPDATE: We have announced the winners of the contest!

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  2. LividFiction

    By “short,” I’m guessing no longer than eight to ten minutes, right?

  3. LividFiction, we purposely didn’t specify a time limit–so if you really want to make a full-length feature film about why DRM sucks you could, but yeah, less than 10 minutes would probably be best. Most of those viral videos don’t seem to last more than 3 or 4 minutes…

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  6. Thanks for putting this contest together and thanks for the promotion of the OSD! We’re glad to be a part of this, and please let us know of the winners, we’d like to promote them on our blog as well

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  21. dan

    Cool, I am assuming that anyone can enter and that there are no restrictions on what kind of anti-drm video can be made?

  22. f–k DRM music, start you own music exchange –>
    Do you already have one running…mail me, we can connect :)

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  27. Matthew

    Important to note that two of these sites, Revver and YouTube, deliver videos within Flash Player that makes it difficult to duplicate and to reuse the video content there. Indeed, YouTube’s terms of service (Section 5, Your Use of Content on the Site) specifically denies users from downloading and modifying the video content. Beyond this technological limitation, the videos encoded in Mpeg or Quicktime require patent-licensed technologies to decode. These are technological and legal DRM, in the sense they both restrict the digital use of the media. Consider the Foundation’s framework of Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, and Theora, instead.

  28. Always great to see such contest, that let people say what they really think, what they would like to see on the plate in the future. Always hungry for more quality content, sometime great ideas like this can show the world how much we care. The glass isn’t always half empty!

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