FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00218

Submission Number:
539814-00218
Commenter:
Dietz
State:
CO
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM encourages piracy. The best example is on recent games where a game can only be installed 3 times. Gaming computers become obsolete very quickly and subsequently get replaced, using up the 3 installs very quickly. Most people still wanting to play the game after this point will not purchase another copy, instead they will find another CD key. Its the same way for music, once DRM music is moved to another computer, or the the program purchased through gets reinstalled, the music is gone. Being forced to keep a computer in a certain configuration indefinitely to listen to or use items purchased is wrong, and removes a users freedom to purchase new equipment.