FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00417

Submission Number:
539814-00417
Commenter:
Thomas Ella
Organization:
what is delicious
State:
VA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Some form DRM is necessary, but the way they're doing isn't really helping. Rather than making people who legitimately bought the game go through hoops and have DRM permanently installed on their computer, it should merely be working to prevent people who have not bought the game legitimately to play. Dealing with piracy is an extremely delicate issue, and the kind of DRM that is out now is not helping, if anything, it is encouraging pirates because they feel like now they have some righteous excuse. As I said, DRM is necessary, but the way it is implemented today is not the way to go. For instance, they shouldn't be linking games to people's computers, but instead, should be linking them to accounts. Then players can switch computers if they need to without it being a huge hassle. Another example is the removal of DRM. Most of the DRM out today stays on your computer even after you've uninstalled the game. This should not be allowed. There are just issues like that that the FTC really just needs to talk to game developers (not publishers) and journalists about to find the proper compromise.