FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00055

Submission Number:
539814-00055
Commenter:
Josh DuBois
State:
MN
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I am writing to encourage the FTC to minimize the extent to which companies are able to control content through DRM. I don't like the control that DRM allows. I am in favor of paying artists for their work, but I believe I should have the right to own a work and re-sell it once I have bought it, and that I have the right to listen to my music and view my movies on multiple devices and make reasonable, personal copies to do so. I think that artists have the artistic right to sample from other artists in order to create new art which incorporates snippets of other created works. I don't think that draconian penalties for people who violate copyright or circumvent DRM technologies are appropriate. I believe that penalties for copyright violations or DRM circumvention must be reasonably tied to the actual economic damage suffered by the injured party, and not primarily designed to punish. Thank you, Josh DuBois