FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00028

Submission Number:
539814-00028
Commenter:
Charles Teslovich
Organization:
None
State:
PA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Restricting use is not unlike restricting the freedom of speech. In addition, DRM effectively destroys the purchase agreement, i.e. contract law. When one purchases software or hardware, he has the right to utilize such for personal usage. The best example I have recently encountered deals with Windows XP. Because my sons computer became impractical to repair, we chose to use the XP which was already paid for to add it as an operating system on his new computer. However, because of DRM, he is deprived of using this program on his new computer. It seems to me, as a layman, that this amounts to theft of service. We paid for software that we cannot utilize.