FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00318

Submission Number:
539814-00318
Commenter:
Woodruff
State:
KY
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Hello there, I hate DRM due to its restrictivness One example of this is Walmart MP3 DRM, Millions of people bought music there, only when they shut down the DRM server they could no longer play the music they bought, whereas the people that simply downloaded the music off of a p2p site didnt get the short end of the stick and didnt have to pay the money. Another Example as many other people will point out is Sins of solar Empire and Spore, Both quite nice games But One is riddled by DRM and one is not Spore which did have DRM was one of the most pirated games ever due to the Anticipation, However when released with such horrible DRM people did not want to buy it resulting in mass piracy On the other Hand people who bought sins of solar empire did'nt have to worry about DRM, they where just free to play the game without having to worry about having to reinstalling their operating system due to it. Also as far as i can tell it also violates the Fair use clause legally prohibiting the owner from (in the case of spore and many other games) Not allowing them to make backups of the game, Or Sell it, Let a freind borrow it, Change Computer configurations multiple times etc, After paying for the game, and under the DMCA it's illigal to Circumvent DRM, So there playing the cards against the consumer,What if people want to play it again and ten years, after the DRM servers are likely shut down and even if they arent, Computer configurations would have almost certainly changed, barring the user from using the game they bought. DRM is wrong and is a violation of consumer rights, Please do something about it, It does no one any good.