FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00681

Submission Number:
539814-00681
Commenter:
Seth Gramling
State:
IL
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM as used by companies such as Electronic Arts (EA) in the form of SecuROM v. 7.xx is invasive, damaging to legitimate customers, not suited to its stated purpose, and, I suspect, in some cases illegal. Tactics such as limited installs serve only to remove the ability to resell used software, a violation of the Doctrine of First Sale. The huge numbers of piratings of games "protected" with SecuROM shows that it is unsuitable to its stated purpose (anti-piracy). Companies like EA think that because they have huge amounts of money, they can get away with outrageous behavior that damages their own business. I would urge anyone who owns stock in any of these companies to take a very close look at the impact on shareholder value since these policies have been implemented. To anyone who might be reading this, not having heard of or not understanding this issue, allow me to summarize. DRM software like Starforce and SecuROM v. 7.xx is malware that infects your computer when you install a game "protected" by it. These programs are typically very hard to remove from your system, and are not uninstalled when the game they came packaged with is uninstalled. Learn more at this site: http://reclaimyourgame.com/ Thanks for reading.