FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00457

Submission Number:
539814-00457
Commenter:
Bruso
State:
MA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM is intended to suppress software piracy, but in my experience it has only served to restrict the rights of users who purchased their software in a legal manner. I've personally had issues with the loss of "CD keys" and problems with online registration, which served to prevent me from using my legally obtained product. Ironically, if I resorted to illegal "cracks" and "key generators" I would be allowed to use this software fully, so not only is my right to use the product I purchased infringed upon, but the anti-piracy methods obviously did not stop the true pirates--only the common user.