FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00105

Submission Number:
539814-00105
Commenter:
Mark Williams
State:
NV
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

To state it bluntly, DRM is bad and does not work. The very nature of it as "technologies typically used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, and copyright holders to attempt to control how consumers access and use media and entertainment contentquot, is wrong. It makes media bought by consumers into something they don't really own. People who buy books are not forced to use them in a certain way, and neither should people who buy electronic media. Regarding its purpose to stem file sharing, it does not work. When the public is determined enough to break laws, in the multitudes, and when the future points to free and open media, there is nothing that can or should be done to stop it.