FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00740

Submission Number:
539814-00740
Commenter:
Elaine Sharpe
Organization:
The Unworthy
State:
GA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM places burdens on consumers which should not have to be borne, e.g. restricting use to certain devices, eliminating Fair Use copying rights for backup purposes, etc. Many times DRM schemes make products unusable by not being compatible with the consumer's hardware or software of choice. Also, DRM treats all consumers as criminals, while simultaneously not being effective enough to deter the real criminals, who have the means to defeat DRM anyway.