FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00522

Submission Number:
539814-00522
Commenter:
Byers
State:
TX
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

|While I agree with the basic principle of DRM, to protect a companies intellectual property, I am opposed to the viral methods employed. Not allowing you to use something you payed full price for to not only support the company but to enjoy the product because of other software installed, is ridiculous. Just as it is to limit the amount of times you can install the software or require you to have online access to use it. Oft times the DRM software itself can invade your privacy and cripple your operating system as much as malware. I believe that, as a whole, DRM software should be done away with in its current form, and that companies as a whole should start listening to the consumers to see why piracy of their intellectual property is so rampant. In any case, DRM software doesn't even provide minimal protection, and in a growing number of cases, has already been hacked around before the software it's supposed to protect even reaches the market.