FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00621

Submission Number:
539814-00621
Commenter:
Justin Watson
Organization:
N/a
State:
Outside the United States
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Hello, I would like to share my unfortunate experience regarding DRM. A few months ago I had purchased the latest add on pack for the sims 2 Mansions & Garden Stuff pack. When I tried to install it came up with a strange error about securom and saying that the installation had failed and that it had compiled a log and was requesting my permission to send the report off. I clicked yes and then reset my computer, unfortunately my computer would not start up and after many attempts to recover it I finally resorted to reinstalling XP. Since then I had done some research on the Internet and have found other people who having similar problems with their games due to a DRM called securom I don’t know why Mansions & Garden Stuff pack failed to install, but I do feel that the securom version in it was responsible for killing my operating system. I have purchased many games over the years and I have discovered that 21 of my games currently contain this securom in them. If I had known this at the time, I would not have purchased the games. I feel that as the owner and administrator of my pc I should have the final authority over which programs are to run on my computer. I do not like the idea of a corporate rootkit secretly installed on my pc and telling me what programs I can and can’t run on it.