FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00319

Submission Number:
539814-00319
Commenter:
Murphy
State:
CA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM, simply, does not work and is an infinite game of cat and mouse with the following consequences: - more expensive media as DRM schemes become more and more advanced (a requirement given that each new level of DRM complexity is overridden eventually) - land fill, garbage and waste as new physical technology is required to support advanced DRM which leads to old physical devices becoming obsolete much sooner then they would otherwise (and that path is traveled faster in each iteration) - confusion brought about by the requirements of DRM enabled media and the physical/virtual equipment required to access the content (i.e. DRM is NOT plug and play) - frustration when legally obtained media does not work at is should - lack of portability and pressure to move towards new physical media formats to support these features (it should be a consumer right that we can copy whatever media we have purchased to ANY device we own) - sustainability, simply NOT sustainable over a long period of time - the further destruction of the producer/consumer relationship, we are NOT criminals and we resent the implication at every corner of our media libraries - there is no defensive stance for consumers to reject a particular method over another, these decision to use DRM and what particular flavor are made behind closed doors - money isn't everything! Perhaps a healthier attitude is required going into the future where by media producers can no longer expect to become ridiculously wealthy due to lack of options for obtaining the media they have produced - licensing is a much better approach (i.e. if a consumer obtains a license for a particular piece of media that license is permanent and permeates all technology mediums and formats. perhaps such a thing would require *some* limitations but it is limitation that has brought to this ugly corner)