FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00618

Submission Number:
539814-00618
Commenter:
Jacob Grant
State:
CA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM does next to nothing when it comes to stopping piracy of digital media. The only thing it does is hurt the consumer. Music DRM (such as on iTunes) only limits what I can do with the music I HAVE PURCHASED. Yet I can still easily download a pirated copy of that music which WON'T limit me. The same goes for PC games. Many games install SecuROM on PCs, this can be harmful and intrusive. Yet at the same time, EVERY SecuROM game has been successfully pirated. In many cases, I would like to purchase a game and support the developer, but I refuse to do so because said game requires SecuROM. I am thus tempted towards piracy. All in all, DRM does nothing but hurt the consumer that pays for digital media.