FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00481

Submission Number:
539814-00481
Commenter:
Russell Pickup
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ID
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FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM is harmful technology. It punishes valid consumers, while not deterring thieves at all. DRM will often create a scenario where it is painful for a consumer to use the product multiple times, or after reloading or buying a new computer. This is not right. The consumer has purchased the item and its theirs. I do agree that the copyright holders have every right to their profits, but strict DRM does not help. It is sad when it is easier to pirate a piece of software and use it than to buy it off the shelves.