FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00629

Submission Number:
539814-00629
Commenter:
Jose Fernandez
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

I have been playing video games since Pong in the late 70s. Recently I had purchased the computer game called "Bioshock". The packaging indicates that an internet connection is required. The packaging however does not state that authentication is required, or that software called SecuROM will be installed secretly on my PC without my permission (and in hidden files were users cannot find it), or that I may only install and activate three times. It is that last omission which upsets me the most. If I purchased the game for the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 video game console, I would have no such limit. This is boxed software that I have purchased. Once opened, no one will accept a return. They hold their customers at invisible gunpoint. The installation limit also makes resale nearly impossible and destroys my right to fair use. The game CD has printed on it "Do not lend or make copies of this disc". Do not lend? If I purchased the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 versions I could lend the game to whomever I chose, and I could resell the game with no problem. This installation limit will not pose a problem to the majority of people who purchase the game new. However it ruins the consumers ability to resell their purchase after the fact. If the game does not run on their computer, they are out of luck. If they alter computer hardware too often, they will run out of installations and be forced to buy a new copy, for no reason other than corporate greed. PC game manufacturers are attempting to take away consumers rights without their knowledge or consent. I hereby plead with the FTC to prevent manufacturers from implementing limited software installation schemes which hurts consumer confidence, removes the right to resell, and takes away many rights and freedoms that those in the marketplace have come to expect. Thank you for your time