FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00241

Submission Number:
539814-00241
Commenter:
Steven LaVey
State:
OR
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I have been a victim of digital rights management before, I had purchased a game for 40 dollars and was only aloud one activation of this game I had it installed for three months and the computer stopped working, I had waited to get a better computer and tried to install it on my new computer, that is when i found out that you were only aloud one activation, the price of the game now is 45 dollars so it brings the total up to 85 dollars for the one game just to play. I have also had the other experience of DRM with computer games i had bought another game for 30 dollars, I could install this game on any computer so long that i had the disk to play, after a few months of playing taking the disk out of the drive and replacing it back, the disk gotten damaged and could not play so i was forced to buy a new disk for 15 dollars. i believe that DRM on games is to drum up sales to get the consumer to spend more money to use what the have essentially rented. In Closing i believe that DRM does not curtail piracy it actually promotes it for some of the reasons that i have mentioned that so far and some of the reasons that i have not experienced as long as there is a challenge to break the DRM, there will always be people who want it removed. I believe that if there was no DRM that piracy will actually decline! if it wasn't for the industry want to increase sales and try it, that it may actually work