FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00155

Submission Number:
539814-00155
Commenter:
Mark Wolfe
State:
PA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Greetings, As an avid video game enthusiast for most of my 45 years, I have witnessed the various stages of the video game industry and the various attempts taken by some companies and publishers to try to stem the tide of piracy which I am sure we can all agree, hurts the economy and the very industry we "gamers" derive so much joy from. While I do not have any good answers as to how to better circumvent piracy, I can tell you that DRM, the current method of locking discs so as to make it just a little bit harder to pirate a game or program, only succeeds in harming the paying customers and causing harm and frustration to those who legally obtained the game or program in the first place. The internet is full of consumer anecdotes as to how DRM has caused them problems, no doubt the reason for this FTC inquiry. Meanwhile, pirates of software are seldom stopped or even slowed in their activities and to date, no game or software that has employed DRM has kept the software from being pirated. We have to ask ourselves, who is being harmed here, the pirate or the consumer? I think the evidence points to the latter and that DRM needs to be put to rest and that no hinderances on using software be put in place that in any way keeps the consumer from using said software and that other measures, or NO measured need be employed to stop piracy, since it is obvious there is no way to stop it under current legal methods. I do hope that this letter is taken in to consideration. Thank you for taking the time to read it. -Mark Wolfe Pennsylvania