FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00494

Submission Number:
539814-00494
Commenter:
Richard Barron
State:
Outside the United States
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM is a woefully awful response to an inaccurately perceived threat. DRM does not stop piracy and only affects legitimate purchasers. DRM on a piece of software or media means I will NOT buy it. As far as I am concerned the practice of preventing legitimate users doing what they want to do - and what they should be legally entitled to do - with their own property i.e. something they have bought is more "wrong" than what they supposedly protect against. Which they don't protect against. All forms of DRM existing can be and have been cracked to remove these stupid restrictions. People who want to pay for software and media are led into cracking them in order to use them, which means next time they know where to get them without paying for them. DRM causes piracy, customer dissatisfaction and should be avoided at all costs.