FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00588

Submission Number:
539814-00588
Commenter:
Ashwin Mehra
State:
AZ
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

While there is no problem with a security system, the fact is that DRM is a defective system. DRM blocks full access to the user who (most likely) paid for the product, while the pirate gets full access with no strings attached. In addition, it is relatively easy to bypass any form of DRM protection, as is evidenced especially by the fact that heavily DRMed games get pirated before their release on the market. A proper security system should give full access to the user and limited access to the pirate, and not require invasive programs and drivers, kernel access, blocking of security programs and features like SecuROM does with UAC, and constant internet access. An even better solution, perhaps, would be to ignore pirates altogether and just focus on a better user experience for the actual buyers, especially since no DRM would not scare away current buyers, attract buyers who pirate because of DRM, and lower prices because of no need to put in DRM, attracting more buyers who would otherwise pirate or not buy the product at all.