FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00301

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

Thank you for allowing me to remain anonymous. The current methods of attaching DRM info to music files and the root-kit approaches that some companies take to computer games simply do not work. I would contend that piracy of these things is not a large problem, and that legal online music sales are what is causing the music industries' main loss in CD sales (as well as a naturally injurious business model and refusal to make things available in modern formats until after the fact, instead choosing to blame their customer base for using common technology). Computer game piracy is probably more of a problem, but combatting it has so far resulted in actions insulting and damaging to legitimate buyers. Companies which produce an easily copiable product should not be surprised when people who have bought and therefore own copies of that product, well, copy it. Since it would be wrong to shackle computers to the point where you cannot freely copy data, other things should be done by the companies in question, not by lawmakers. (I'm talking about lower prices, requiring registration to operate the software after purchase, that kind of thing). -Anonymous Citizen