FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00370

Submission Number:
539814-00370
Commenter:
Timothy Grant
State:
OR
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I have JUST been bitten, only mildly, but still bitten by the effects of DRM. I bought the game Worldwide Soccer Manager (published by Sega) to play on my notebook computer. I'm enough of an addict that I keep it running on my computer most of the time. I decided to play a bit on my lunch hour at work, and the game crashed. I am now unable to play a game I bought and paid for because I do not carry the DVD in my briefcase. I COULD have illegally downloaded a cracked copy of the game, and COULD be playing it right now instead of writing this comment to you, but because I chose to be a law-abiding citizen, I am being punished by a publisher who has chosen to use DRM in their product. The only people DRM hurts are the people who play by the rules. It has no effect on anyone who chooses to not play by the rules. I would be curious to see how many video games released on the PC that included DRM were available on the file-sharing networks. I would hazard a guess that close to 100% of the A-List titles are available to pirates despite the game being shipped with DRM. I'm tired of being penalized for playing by the rules.