FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00094

Submission Number:
539814-00094
Commenter:
Thomas Cohoon
State:
IL
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM should only be used if it can be shown that it does reduce what it is said to address, is fully disclosed, and completely removable when IP product is no longer used. As an example---- Sony's SecuROM is labled as an anti-priate DRM but can be proven to do nothing to stop priateing, is loaded without the knowledge of the user, and interferes with the users use of their computer. I've had two computers stopped by it, one HDD had to be replaced because it could not be reformated. I understand Companies wanting to protect their property with a DRM, but when it intrudes into my use of said product or my use of my computer it must not be used. Their rights end where my rights begin.