FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00221

Submission Number:
539814-00221
Commenter:
Vernon Parker
Organization:
USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74)
State:
IL
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

There is nothing wrong with DRM as long as the RIAA and other watchdog parties do not make you out to be a villain when you choose to make a back up digital copy of a product that you own. Its one thing to arrest a person digitally distributing content as that is clearly illegal but it is another thing entirely to arrest a person who ha a digital copy of material they already legally paid for. Its like saying if a person records what he/she hears on the radio for later playback for their own private enjoyment is a crime. As long as the material is for private use and not profit, then what is the problem? There will always be people who make copying copywritten material possible. If it is not illegal for them to sell the products, then why allow watchdog organizations to go after people who use it? Why go after a person who makes a copy of a cd for his friend(s) when he has already paid for the material? There was not a problem when the same process was concerning cassette tapes or vhs tapes. My itunes library is more than 70% material copied from cd's I already own. I also have a copy of most of the music on my car stereo hard drive. I also have a copy of most o my music on my parents laptop as it was the only way I could copy the music to my car. There is also a copy of most of my paid for music on my two desktop computers. All these machines that store my usic are machines I use for my own personal benefits. According to watchdog groups, that is criminal, even though I already paid for the material.