FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00573

Submission Number:
539814-00573
Commenter:
J Keener
State:
OH
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I only have a couple comments. Inclusion of modern DRM (securom most notably) that goes beyond simple media verification ( disc checksums - cd keys ) invariably takes the game off my buy/play list, probably forever. Stray security software that won't uninstall with it's host game is a trojan. I have heard several reports that newer versions of securom may even update itself ! I cannot verify this, but it is something that needs addressing. Secret uninstallable software that denies you usage of your hardware if it sees fit and can maybe get 'new instructions' at a later date. You can't shut it off and you won't be told about it. That is potentially a huge security risk. You don't need to be paranoid to see that. Make manufacturers disclose everything about their DRM in great big letters on the box just like they did with cigarettes. That would be a big help to consumers. thanks jk