FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00002

Submission Number:
539814-00002
Commenter:
Nederpelt
State:
Outside the United States
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I think DRM should not violate user rights. Compare modern games to old SNES games - I could play those for as long as I owned the cartridge that contained the game. Similarly, I should be able to play my PC game for as long as I own the CD/DVD and/or serial key to the game. Current DRM practices with 'limited activations' violate that principle, turning the purchase into something more akin to a rental - where, at some point, I will no longer be able to play a game I legally own. And that point may come very quickly, as upgrading some hardware or even something as simple as changing a BIOS setting will void an activation with those systems. Also, the current DRM system doesn't work. Games still get pirated, while legitimate users get hurt by the DRM. It would be better to focus on rewarding loyal customers and getting people to buy the game, rather than focusing on making the games harder to steal with a system that hurts gamers and gets bypassed eventually by pirates anyway. In metaphors: focus on the Carrot instead of the Stick.