FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00648

Submission Number:
539814-00648
Commenter:
Wilkins
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

DRM is supposedly a means to combat piracy within the video game industry and attempts to do so by restricting the freedom paying consumers have over their own property. I sincerely believe that these ridiculous restrictions will lead to a decline in sales for publishers using such technology, aswell as an increase in piracy itself. People who would previously have legally purchased a piece of software will turn towards piracy to stop their computer systems being invaded and vandalised by this malware. I have heard others mention this fact and it is a mentality I sympathise with. Piracy is the very thing this is supposedly trying to combat, but by acting so subversive and disrespectful towards their consumers it is entirely possible that it could do more harm than good. Expecting people to happily submit to being treated like a child who cannot be trusted is just plain arrogant.