FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00240

Submission Number:
539814-00240
Commenter:
Orange
State:
MO
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I don't believe that media should be crippled by DRM. By putting restrictions on what a user can do with media that he has legally purchase an incentive is created to use pirated DRM-free media instead. More often than not DRM is abused by the copyright owners to make honest consumers pay several times over for the same media. Ostensibly the point of DRM is to prevent piracy, but it has the opposite effect while hurting honest consumers - both by restricting their natural private property rights that should be associated with purchasing a media product and by artificially increasing the price of said products to cover for the cost of the DRM implementation - not to mention that often there's a need to buy upgraded hardware or software that can handle the DRM.