FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00684

Submission Number:
539814-00684
Commenter:
Laura Bayne
State:
TX
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Please consider allowing users more flexibiltiy in use, storage and transportation of digital media. While I understand the need to maintain copyright and how easily materials can be reproduced electronically, the assumptiont that consumers would inherently seek to make more copies than would be necessary for private use is absurd. A person can go to the library and check out or copy a book or CD pretty much at will. Why can't a digital reader or listener enjoy the same flexibility. Why can't something be attached to the music, book or art file that tracks how many copies are made and then shuts down access after a reasonable limit has been reached. Why can't I easily transfer content between user platforms? Why must I use a dedicated device for types of content? Please consider this as you debate and discuss the future of digital publishing. Thank you!