FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00176

Submission Number:
539814-00176
Commenter:
Samuel Carlson
Organization:
BoxOfSpoons
State:
WI
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I have been gaming since I was very young and have experienced various forms of DRM over the years. As a consumer I find DRM very annoying, especially when I don't realize it has been implemented till I read it on a website like Engadget, Kotaku, etc. This steers me away from these games (a recent example being Spore). I feel that companies implementing DRM should be forced to clearly state the type and details of DRM placed on their game, in a clearly stated area on the game box. However, I don't believe DRM should be illegal or controlled necessarily because I feel that is a liberty these companies should have, but the fact that it can be forced in sneakily (like StarForce, sigh...) is just unacceptable. I think having DRM gives people more a reason to pirate the game rather than purchase it.