FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00694

Submission Number:
539814-00694
Commenter:
Dana Gonzales
State:
AR
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

The development and continued use of DRM by Mobipocket restricts the use of purchased ebooks to the Mobipocket reader only. Other formats can be read on multiple platforms. In essence, Mobipocket has agreements with publishers which limit ebook formats by some authors to DRM. Like many others, I purchased ebooks from Mobipocket to read on a palm only to find out it is not compatible with a mac or iphone system. Traditional books can be read and resold with no problem, so I'm not sure I understand why Mobipocket feels the need to use DRM other than to force the public to use their reader. The resale and/or trading of ebooks is illegal and the consequences are clearly stated in the beginning of each file. I hope you will require Mobipocket to explain why there is no reader for the iphone. There have been multiple reports on the web (granted not always reliable) that Mobipocket had a reader available for the iphone in August. Thank you