FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00053

Submission Number:
539814-00053
Commenter:
Kobin Kendrick
State:
CA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I just have one brief comment, which I'm sure others will voice as well. Current DRM schemes do not allow consumers to resell or give away purchased content. This is an entirely unfair practice. If, for example, I decide to buy a digital copy of a film, I should have the same or analogous rights as I would if it were a DVD. I should be able to give it to a friend or sell it on eBay. Until the government forces content provides to allow such uses of purchased content, corporations will continue to limit consumer rights -- and I for one will spend money on digital content.