FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00261

Submission Number:
539814-00261
Commenter:
Gigov
State:
Outside the United States
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

All DRM protections for interactive multimedia (a.k.a. Video Games) have been cracked, destroying the whole point of their existence. If there is a game who's protection has not yet been removed, then it has either just been released in the market or there is no interest in the title. For example Rockstar spent over $200 000 on their DRM which was defeated two days after the game's PC debut. PC Games should come with DRM ratings in several categories. 4. Internet dependent. Cannot be activated or ran without an internet connection. Example: Grand Theft Auto 4. 3. Malicious and hidden. Installs itself without asking or even informing the user. Prime example: SecuROM. 2. Malicious with warnings. Warns the user that it may cause harm with some hardware configurations and asks for confirmation before installing. Example: StarForce. 1. Harmless. Does not install files outside the game's destination folder. Is removed along with game when uninstalled. 0. No DRM. DRM systems that employ direct Input/Output (I/O) operations are not supported by all disc drives and therefore must have a warning on the box, for people to be informed before purchasing.