FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00008

Submission Number:
539814-00008
Commenter:
Stottler
State:
NY
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I would prefer to see this sort of control banned, but this is unlikely. Therefore I will stick to the following: 1. Consumers must be made aware of all software being installed and all its functions. This means the software must inform them before doing things such as searching for optical media emulators or phoning home. These are all things EA's SecuROM malware has done. Software violating this regulation should be subject to a stiff fine, and possibly be classed as malware. 2. All software must include simple removal tools. To cite EA again, what if when you uninstall the last EA game on your system, it (automatically) removes the DRM software. 3. Please bring up that Spore was the most controversial DRM-clad PC game recently, and also the most pirated. These are likely correlated.