FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00387

Submission Number:
539814-00387
Commenter:
Tim Oakes
State:
TX
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Dear reader, I believe DRM is an issue that has gone out of control. Companies jam-pack their products with it in order to prevent pirated copies from getting out and yet a great number of these copies still exist somewhere on the internet. Companies should consider the majority of users before punishing everyone for what a small population of pirates do. DRM should be abolished UNTIL a better system can be implemented. Sure, people will begin to go on pirating-sprees but the majority of people who DON'T pirate products will be grateful. I myself own four computers and find it very difficult to install certain products that only allow installation on two machines. If I purchase software, I am purchasing the right to use it am I not? If this is the case, then I should theoretically be able to install it on however many computers I need to. As for ideas of how to fix the DRM problem, there are a number of solutions that have gone either unnoticed or un-thought of. Perhaps the use of finger print readers could be more widely adopted, or maybe using some kind of special card similar to a driver's license but for computers/electronics in general. The card concept could work with products being registered to a user, and when installing the product, the user would be asked to "swipe" his or her card through some kind of slot during registration. This would allow people to install software on the number of machines they needed to while at the same time preventing pirates from simply programming a key-gen (key generator). In any case, DRM seriously needs to be thought through and handled in a uniform manner. Many companies use their own form of DRM and it simply does NOT work. Please take this DRM issue seriously. Thank you. Signed, Tim Oakes