FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00701

Submission Number:
539814-00701
Commenter:
Thomas Spencer
State:
IN
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Hello. I believe the entire DRM issue is a total waste of resources that could be better applied elsewhere - almost ANY elsewhere. It is widely known that the present implementations, both in hardware and software, have been broken repeatedly. A search on the Internet using Google yields an enormous number of "hits" on how to "crack" the DRM encoding, regardless of file type. The only thing to do, in my opinion, is to remove entirely a failed system that merely punishes those of us who ordinarily wouldn't dream of stealing something, but have to &aquot,crack" and remove the DRM encoding to be able to use our legitimately acquired digital content on our preferred platform(s). There's an old saying that fits... You can't legislate morality. As was discovered almost 100 years ago with the 19th Amendment. If folks want it bad enough, they'll find a way to get it. Whether &quot,IT&quot, is a bottle of booze or a second copy of their favorite CD or e-book. In fact, DRM-encoded sound files are ridiculously simple to break... simple play-and-record-the-output, works every time. Screen-capture, while cumbersome, also works for e-books (and there are more elegant, software related, solutions, as well.) It's simply got more holes than a collandar, so rather than try to outguess the geeks, simply remove the requirement, so that those of us who want a (fully legal) copy of e-books and music can do so without jumping through a bunch of hoops. Thank You.