FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00109

Submission Number:
539814-00109
Commenter:
Matt Scanlon
State:
WI
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I am writing to express my staunch opposition to the use of DRM in both computer software and music. It serves to restrict fair use by an end user who paid money to use said product. At the same time it disproportionately punishes law abiding citizens. The spectre of software and music piracy exists despite DRM. Thus, citizens who do not practice piracy are limited in legitimate use while the DRM has effectively done nothing to prevent illegal use. I support software and music publishers the rights to enforce their copyright protection. That said, to do so with fundamentally flawed technology that only punishes people who pay for the product are injust, punitive and should not be allowed.