FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00449

Submission Number:
539814-00449
Commenter:
Kyle Snape
State:
CA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I think DRM is a good idea, but companies have not used it to what it should be. Electronic Arts for example, place 3 to 5 limit on installation on their new PC software. What happens if you have computer issues, or upgrade your computer and you use your limit? Then you have to call the company, who can refuse to allow new installations, and force you to buy another one of their products. What also happens with online authenticating? What if the company goes under in a year or two, and your product is no longer useable then. Also some DRM takes private computer information and sends it into the company, and in some cases, installs spyware onto the PC without telling the user. These issues alone are enough to warrent DRM trouble for PC users.