FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00051

Submission Number:
539814-00051
Commenter:
Jeremy Smith
State:
CA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM limits the fair use of products. It removes the right of first sale, among other violations. Therefore, any product including DRM cannot truly be "sold" - it can only be licensed or rented. As long as the product is unable to be used independently of the provider, it should not be legal to call the acquisition of the product a "sale". There should be requirements to prominently display the limitations of a DRM-encumbered product on the packaging, and to refer to the the transaction as something other than a sale - for example, a license or a rental.