FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00371

Submission Number:
539814-00371
Commenter:
Jonathan Hamm
State:
CA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM, while in theory is a powerful tool to help companies maintain their products within intended use, simply fails to do so. A search online will provide you pirated goods for any software on the market, but that same DRM that the pirates circumvent provides a negative experience for actual owners of the software. I have talked to people who own software and install pirated versions simply because the pirated version works better. In addition, some companies install DRM so malicious that it can cause failure of the device it is installed on. I am therefore firmly against DRM that impedes the rights of those who own the software.