FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00389

Submission Number:
539814-00389
Commenter:
Sidney Gilbert
Organization:
N/A- private individual
State:
AZ
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Digital Rights Management as it currently exists hampers the fair use of media purchased by individuals. The right to copy media I have purchased to my computer or a portable player for my personal use is often disabled. This sort of use is the most fundamental way that most individuals have of enjoying their purchased media in the 21st century. The short sighted use of DRM endangers the ability of a user to purchase music for use not just months, but years from the original purchase date.Techniques that use online services to verify the rights of an individual to use media are unfair when the service goes out of business as the Wal-mart online music store and others have done, leaving individuals unable to play music they have legally purchased. The use of root kits and software by Sony/BMG has shown that some corporations are willing to violate the privacy and damage the property of individuals in their efforts to treat even law abiding individuals as "pirates". They have proven they are not able to equitably protect their rights while respecting the rights of individuals.At every turn the use of Digital Rights Management has been done at the cost of the individuals who actually purchase their products and has done little to hamper those willing to steal media in the first place. For these reasons I feel that the use of DRM is not in the best interest of the public. Thank you.