FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00290

Submission Number:
539814-00290
Commenter:
Sidney Hale
State:
TN
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Witness the recent decision of Walmart to turn off it's DRM management server. Walmart eventually rethought their decision and kept the DRM server running, but for how long? When Walmart turns their DRM server off, everyone who has paid for the right to view or listen to this media will no longer be able too. This is a violation of the rights transferred to users of the media purchased. DRM technology also stifles fair use of data. If I purchase media, then I have the rights to enjoy said media as I see fit for personal use. Neither should I be limited to one player for the media due to the limitations of a copy protection mechanism.