FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00144

Submission Number:
539814-00144
Commenter:
Sean Renaud
State:
NE
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

The idea of DRM is a good thought but useless. By implementing DRM technologies legitimate customers are being treated like pirates and thieves. The sad thing is generally the pirates have the DRM protection broken before the game even hits store shelves. A lot of DRM technologies are actually renting out their software by restricting the amount of times a user is able to install a game. This makes me want to never install the legitimate version of a game even if I buy it because when I pay hard earned money for a game I expect the game to be mine to play or even resell. Paying retail price for renting a game is simply an insult to the legitimate users. The fact that most of the DRM technologies aren't even laid out for customers to know exactly what they do is also disturbing. These technologies are running at extremely privileged levels on the PC that could have terrible consequences if the software was ever comprised. On top of these glaring flaws the DRM can't be easily removed. TO protect their game they're practically taking over private property that isn't theirs. I've actually avoided games with DRM on them.