FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00111

Submission Number:
539814-00111
Commenter:
Ashton Knudsen
State:
RI
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM is not a good way for companies to regulate their assets. While there is a valid point with them trying to stop piracy, there is truly no stopping a determined hacker. That DRM measure will be taken down within days of the software being released. DRM has devolved into a simple way for companies to stop consumers from sharing any of their products, forcing others to buy the product themselves if they want to experience it on their own at all. This is unfair to the consumer. Is there any other product in the world that can be controlled in such a way? Food can be shared, hardware can be shared, pretty much anything else can be shared. Why should software be so special?