FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00660

Submission Number:
539814-00660
Commenter:
Marc-Anthony Arena
State:
NY
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I'm very against DRM, and it's not that I believe in piracy. It's because I hate arbitrary restrictions. I could never put my finger on just why something was wrong with the original Napster vs. having to drive to the store to buy your own CDs, and it's this: The music industry is at fault for not selling its music online sooner, and it was their fault that music piracy exploded in the late 1990s. Furthermore, they should NOT penalize customers looking to pay for music online now by slapping them with DRM. (DRM tells a PAYING customer when, where, why, and how they can listen to their music. Once a company selling DRMed music goes out of business, such as Yahoo Music or MSN Music, the music then becomes UNREADABLE, and the company isn't even ALLOWED to unlock the songs for its customers, thanks to the DMCA.) DRM basically encourages piracy because it penalizes ONLY those who pay for music. It can be circumvented easily enough for those wishing to put their music on non-authorized players (non iPods or Zunes). Please see my blog article about the subject for a more detailed argument. http://www.teknosophy.com/?p=31 Thank you for listening to your citizens!!! -Sincerely, Marc-Anthony Arena