FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00010

Submission Number:
539814-00010
Commenter:
David Mackler
State:
CA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Hello FTC, I have two primary concerns. The first is simple disclosure. What sort of DRM are forcing upon me? What impact does it have on my computer/peripherals/ipod/etc? How can I completely remove it when I find it misbehaves (like Sony's CD root kit)? The second is to clearly indicate the restrictions forced by the DRM. Copyright law provides for fair use and archival backup. What sort of limits -- above and beyond the law -- does one's DRM place on my use of the software/music/video/game? The big downside, aside from the clandestine installation of undesired and imperfect software, is the artificial limits placed on my usage. Thank you, David Mackler