FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00104

Submission Number:
539814-00104
Commenter:
Ashkan Foroughi
State:
CA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Dear FTC, I would like to make my stance on this issue clear. I am not an advocate of DRM. If DRM actually accomplished anything for publishers then I might see the use in plaguing a consumer's system with malware in an attempt to frivolously stop piracy. However, allow me to show how DRM does not work. Spore, a game by EA, is notorious for having the most well-known DRM ever released by a publisher. How did the DRM fair? Spore became the most pirated game ever within months of its release. The saddest part is that the people who pirated the game didn't have to worry about DRM or limited installs, while legitimate consumers have to suffer with the processor-slowing SecuROM DRM and are given only a limited number of installs. This fiasco is enough to show that the almost nonexistent so-called "advantages" to DRM are GREATLY outweighed by the disadvantages. DRM only helps to create a sense of mistrust between the consumer and publisher by forcing actual consumers to be punished for potential piracy which they are not partaking in. As such, it is my utmost wish that the FTC please disable the use of invasive and dangerous DRM. Sincerely, Ashkan Foroughi