FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00038

Submission Number:
539814-00038
Commenter:
Paul Brousseau
State:
CA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM should not be allowed to affect (in any way) the use of other media or devices. Programs like securom inflict a permanent performance degradation into a computer affecting all of it's uses. Similarly Applications like iTunes prevent users form using portable music devices manufactured by other companies. If Publishers want to limit how many times a media type can be used/accessed, such limits need to be clearly marked on the product packaging so consumers know before purchase. Currently terms and conditions are not made available to consumers until after manufacturer packaging has been opened at which time the consumer can no longer return the product, returns because a user does not agree to such terms should be allowed as they could not make an educated decision prior to opening the package after purchase.