FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00075

Submission Number:
539814-00075
Commenter:
Cody Sims
State:
NY
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

To Whom It May Concern: As, I am afraid, it is with many "security" measures, DRM protocols do little to deter those who wish to pirate media while sorely inconveniencing the average, and might I say widespread, user. Those who, like myself, wish to strip the DRM from a file can most certainly do so with great ease. It takes only one person with some ingenuity to find out the mechanism for turning a DRMed movie into a personal digital copy, free from restriction. As it is with computer infections, it has become blaringly apparent that rather than attempting to inexplicably lock down a system, a more knowledgeable user base is more safe for everyone. One knowing not to launch some suspect piece of software will keep a system safer and more egalitarian than all the "iron bars" any corporation or similar entity can concoct. If one needs proof of such, they need only look at the speed and ease in cracking the codes for ripping HD-DVD's, found shortly after the release of the same. Bad business plans hurt consumers, by treating them like criminals, and businesses, by initiating a battle they are sure to lose. The best protocols are always open ones. We do a great many positive things working together, but a sight less when we are competitively racing towards the end. Thank you