FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00203

Submission Number:
539814-00203
Commenter:
James Rebholz
State:
PA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

All DRM serves to do is limit how law-abiding people can use things they've already paid for. It doesn't stop people who were going to steal the product anyway. In fact it rarely even slows them down. The recently-launched EA game Spore, for example, had its highly-restrictive DRM hacked before the game was even launched, and pirated versions of the software outnumbered retail versions. The guy at home who wants to put the game on his PC and his laptop is not the guy you need to be going after. It's the guy in Hong Kong who's just copied the game from a warez server and is selling it on the streets for two bucks a copy.