FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00558

Submission Number:
539814-00558
Commenter:
Ethan Larson
State:
TX
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Hello, My comment on DRM systems is that they are commonly too restrictive. I work in the game industry, so I have a vested interest in how well games sell and the effects of piracy. My experience is that these systems only stop a small amount of casual piracy. People who really want to pirate something will. What you're left with is a system that makes it difficult for genuine customers to use what they're purchased. Another fundamental problem with digital downloads (music and games alike) is that there are gigantic 12-page legal documents people need to read to understand their rights. People should be presented with a quick version that highlights the most important parts (how many copies they may use, how copies may be used), and a disclaimer that the full legal version should be consulted if there are remaining questions.