FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00352

Submission Number:
539814-00352
Commenter:
Warner Blake
State:
TN
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I am an opponent of the entire DRM scheme. Throughout the years I have had to routinely backup my files and save them so I would be able to repair the damage caused by a majority of the DRM schemes out there. Namely SecuROM, which installs a rootkit on your computer that is nearly impossible to remove without a degree in technology(Luckily for me I happen to have about 18 years of experience in computer software repair and modification). I think it should be deemed unlawful to install these backdoor devices which run subroutines to "phone home" as it were, whenever the company feels like "checking in" with my computer software. I purchase my software legitimately and feel that having entrance to my computer, through an open port in my firewall has the potential to cause many dollars worth of damage to my computer, which I will then have to repair out of my own pocket. I think Congress needs to realize that the protection of American citizens is far and away more important than the protection of American Corporations. If 10% of the people who gain access to their product do so through nefarious means, then they are losing 10% of their product to pirates, 9% of whom would not have purchased it to begin with. So an overall loss of 1%, which is paltry in comparison to the amount of money an American citizen would lose if the channel they have to access his/her computer at any time should fall prey to hackers, and then those hackers would be able to gain access to his/her personal, financial, medical, and identity information. This could end up costing the average American citizen somewhere in the range $10,000-100,000, all because we made it legal for software giants to treat their developers like worthless garbage and install malware in our computers to protect 1% of their market. So I must implore you to END this oppressive DRM scheme, as it is not worth millions of American citizens losing money to the threat of hackers, to the tune of a few billion dollars if their financial information is leaked, to save 1% of a corporations total sales. Thank you very much for listening. A concerned American citizen, Warner H. Blake II