FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00606

Submission Number:
539814-00606
Commenter:
Todd Guthrie
State:
TX
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM schemes are absurd - when I purchase the product, I have the right to use it for my own purposes, so long as I do not profit from it in violation of the original copyright. I should not be subjected to draconian idiocies such as SecuROM, which installs potentially damaging software on my computer in order to prevent me from a behavior (piracy) I won't engage in anyway. I am tired of the default assumption by corporate media giants that all users are pirates - paying customers should not be treated like criminals simply because it is cheaper and more convenient to do so than it is to actually track and punish the pirates themselves. Fix the problem by prosecuting those who actually break the laws, instead of harming the vast majority of us who are legitimate, law-abiding consumers. I have Fair Use rights as a part of my purchase of the product, and DRM clearly infringes upon them if I cannot make backup copies or transfer material from one location to another. Stop the insanity - curb corporate abuse of consumers through DRM. Thanks for your time and consideration.