FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00022

Submission Number:
539814-00022
Commenter:
Matthew Reingold
State:
IL
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I just wanted to say that I am disappointed in gaming companies implementing DRM in a variety of forms. DRM is easy to crack by determined individuals. It even has to be circumvented for fair use purposes such as back-up copies of games, or even due to encumbering to legitimate consumers. I'd like to cite/reference the Windows Vista DRM issue when it was released, or spore, or any other EA game. It also manages to break compatibility with other operating systems and software. As an example, EA's Punkbuster system is grossly incompatible with anything other than Windows, including Mac and Linux operating systems. Focusing on DRM for gaming only doesn't address that all DRM needs to be addressed on the same page, if it involves a computer in any form. At a core, the phrase Digital Rights Management is flawed, because it doesn't include the fact that a consumer's rights are being managed by another entity. It takes away rights. As an example of what happens when DRM is gone, I'd like to point to a UK article by a game developer: http://www.positech.co.uk/talkingtopirates.html . In his article he states: A few days ago I posted a simple question on my blog. Why do people pirate my games?. It was an honest attempt to get real answers to an important question. I submitted the bog entry to slashdot and the penny arcade forums, and from there it made it to arstechnica, then digg, then bnet and probably a few other places. The response was massive. The two notable issues are ones that both show non-drm related causes by gaming companies were: Money and game quality. The most prevalent issue of why people copy games instead of buying them legitimately, was DRM itself. I sincerely hope we do not have people from companies such as Electronic Arts or any Console gaming representative as their devices are a physical form of DRM that is wholly uncompatible with anything else. As noted, you cannot load a playstation blu-ray disc in your pc even to make a back-up due to DRM. These companies are not representative of anyone other than themselves and are at a conflict of interest with consumers.