FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00262

Submission Number:
539814-00262
Commenter:
Ann McCann
State:
MA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

If you buy something, it should be yours. DRM hurts legitimate consumers. I'm a senior citizen, and officer of my small town Friends of the Library. If there had been DRM in the early 1900's, we wouldn't have libraries - and all that they make possible, today! I've bought many books and college courses over the years. I paid Audible.com $14.95 for about 6 years, I had a long commute and never had the time to sit down and read Dickens! - but all the books I bought could disappear in an instant. At least I'm able to listen to them in my kitchen now that I've retired: that's not possible with a lot of DRM loaded stuff. Book publishers have made money, even though I can lend out orgive a book to my neighbor. The electronic folks have to figure out a way to let me keep and use what I've legally bought!