FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00149

Submission Number:
539814-00149
Commenter:
Steven Malis
Organization:
Lex PC Geek
State:
MA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

To me (and many others) DRM is seen as punishing the legit buyers and inconveniencing the pirates. Almost always when DRM is involved there will be problems installing/running the game, glitches/bugs/crashes due to DRM, etc. Pirated versions have the DRM removed! They get the better product! And don't forget how ineffective DRM truly is. Look at Spore: pirated days before it was even released, DRM removed and ready for illegal downloading. Companies need to do something about pirating, but DRM only punishes the people who actually buy the game. As for music, I believe this sums it up nicely: http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/steal_this_comic.png