FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00098

Submission Number:
539814-00098
Commenter:
Christopher Davis
State:
MA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Mobipocket's DRM scheme for their e-book file format has led to hundreds of comments (approaching 500!) asking for a Mac and/or iPhone version of their reader software, just so that legitimate purchasers of e-books in that format can continue to read their existing libraries. The DMCA prohibits me (and others) from removing the DRM on these legitimately-purchased files so that we can move to new operating systems, or use different reader software that may have better features. The government's power to protect copyrights is specifically "to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts" -- the DMCA, and its protection of DRM, actually inhibits progress as it prevents innovation in reader software and hardware.