FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00633

Submission Number:
539814-00633
Commenter:
Ashley Shaw
State:
PA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I don't understand the point of DRM. Yes, I understand, it is a tool to prevent piracy, but how effective is it? Look at EA's Securom debacle on the video game Spore. It quickly became the most pirated game, because of the draconian DRM. I understand the need to prevent piracy, but why should that also prevent LEGAL users from enjoying their product? Again, I will reference Securom. Why should a company be allowed to limit the number of installs on my LEGALLY purchased copy? How exactly does this help prevent piracy? That's right, it doesn't. It just causes a hassle for consumers who have multiple computers, and desire to install their game multiple times. And why should a DRM be able to access the internet, without the users permission, and disable software it deems inappropriate? There have been countless cases of Securom disabling legally purchased CD burning software. This is called spyware, not protection. It's ridiculous that consumers are being punished while pirates continue to thrive. Why can't these massive corporations see that their DRM doesn't do any good?