FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00353

Submission Number:
539814-00353
Commenter:
David Bennett
State:
TX
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM as it is envisioned and implemented is a failure and continuing to push it forward will impose and economic burden on distribution of electronic media that will handicap the US (in this area) moving forward. On the envisioning side, to use analogy, DRM represents a castle or fortress wall, and the attackers must work to get inside. This works well when what what is inside stays inside. Unfortunately, the media that DRM is intended to protect doesn't stay neatly inside of the walls. It moves to different formats and standards over time, making it a moving target. On the implementation side, methods to subvert DRM are readily available due to the nature of devices they are implemented on. Legislation to stifle innovation and protect corporations eventually fails. It fails through either being bypassed by new technology, or being supplemented by a substitute technology if the physical issues with bypassing the technology are insurmountable. I could go on, but in essence, existing scenarios envision a fortress that must be protected. The industry needs to change directions and develop flexible protection that is intertwined with the product and can be utilized to identify, capture, and penalize miss use, not stifle use in the first place. The technology and capability to do it already exists. Hopefully the intelligence and will to actually implement it will emerge before more harm is done to innocents and the industry in general. Regards, David B. Bennett