FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00121

Submission Number:
539814-00121
Commenter:
Rich Whitman
State:
IL
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I feel that DRM, if it is allowed at all, should at a minimum, be fully disclosed to the consumer on product packaging. I also feel in the long run, DRM will harm the industries that use it, as the customer learns legitimate copies of media are actually inferior to their pirated equivalents. This is not just a monetary issue. For example, many Compact Discs use DRM which prevent their music from being transferred to an MP3 player, which is well within a consumer's fair use. I hope that the FTC will see fit to severely limit, or entirely eliminate, the use of DRM. I believe any use of DRM will eventually become overly invasive and anti-consumer.