FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00455

Submission Number:
539814-00455
Commenter:
Michael James
State:
WA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

It is only fair that DRM protect against piracy. Some levels of DRM need to exist. Online requirements, passcode authentication, and/or intermittant re-reregistration all result in different layers of frustration. The type of DRM should be clear when the consumer makes a purchase. However, DRM that limits the amount of installations is a dangerous practice. The consumer purchases the right to use the software that is protected by DRM. If the software has nothing to do with the Operating System (OS) (i.e. games, business applications, etc), why should the stability of that OS relate to the durability of the license?