FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00100

Submission Number:
539814-00100
Commenter:
Daniel Loftis
State:
TN
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

First, I have no problems with companies protecting their investments and their rightful property that they have worked hard to create. I would only ask for more protection for consumers as well. Having said that, most DRM tends to not only strip legal rights (for example, the first-sale doctrine) from users, but also to hinder legitimate use of a person's personal computer by restricting the use of other legitimate programs (Example: Securom's blacklist tends to conflict with Microsoft Sysinternals' Process Explorer, which many people use as a replacement for Windows' default task manager). Its also a commonly held belief (and some people claim proof, although I have not the knowledge to personally provide the proof) that some DRM software can damage hardware (notably optical drives such as CD-Roms, CD+/-RW, etc). Some such software also acts in ways befitting spyware, such as by scanning a computer's current running processes and currently installed drivers as well as submitting encrypted information across the internet which has contents that can only be speculated on. All of these functions are done generally without the consent or knowledge of the consumer. Even when a consumer is aware of a DRM technology, they often have little or no knowledge of what the software actually does or how it could affect their personal computer.