FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00127

Submission Number:
539814-00127
Commenter:
Sean Stran
State:
MD
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Dear FTC, The progression of DRM has and always will lag behind the progression of piracy. Those who wish to circumvent the law have no rules, and use any means possible. Companies have used many methods as DRM, and they have always failed. The sheer fact that the content exists in any form on whatever medium allows for the professional to extract it, regardless of the encryption. Where methods of DRM do not work for companies, associations like the RIAA are formed. These groups wish to bully the "ignorant" who are normal consumers teased by the "hardcore" pirates of the industry with promises of "free" and "pain-free" media. Something that those pirates do in fact deliver and profit from, something that consumers want. Where all of this comes to concern is the consumer. With each new method of DRM, comes new restrictions. X song can only be used on Y device for Z many times. Not to the pirate, just to the "law abiding" consumer. Not only have the various industries put more and more restrictions into their media, they have gone as far as profiting from their newly made DRM-ridden products. Not the pirate though, he will continue to get the media, for free, as he wishes. The consumer once again suffers, having to pay 2, 3, 4 times for essentially the same media, because he wants to listen to it at home and also on the road. The question arises then, how to cull the piracy and also allow companies to properly protect their intellectual property? Unfortunately this commenter does not have the answer, but it is in my opinion that the current methods used serve only to hurt the paying consumer, and do nothing to stop piracy. Thank you for your consideration in this matter