FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00511

Submission Number:
539814-00511
Commenter:
Mark Marsula
State:
NC
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

The main problem with current DRM technologies is that they interfere with fair use by legitimate customers, while providing an almost trivial barrier to criminals who pirate software and media files. The news reports of the appearance of Spore on illegal peer to peer file sharing sites before the game was released to the public proves that the current DRM technologies are no protection whatever from illegal activity while causing problems only for legitimate paying customers. Like VCRs, reel to reel and cassette tapes, photocopiers and other threats to intellectual property in the past, the solution is to provide a good product at a fair price to consumers, adherence to fair use and prosecution of illegal activity. DRM technology and hacking activity is an arms race and the consumer is the loser in that arms race.