FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00754

Submission Number:
539814-00754
Commenter:
Joseph Battinelli
Organization:
A Consumer
State:
TX
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Let me first say that there is no benefit for the consumer with DRM. There is a benefit to company's that do produce this content. DRM limits your ability to use something that is purchased and while this changes the whole game from bought to licensed, it is rediculous. Why does the FTC support LIMITS on purchased goods? Is not the government supposed to support the people. The government is supposed to look out for our good and not greedy corporations. I have seen videogames that have enacted DRM in such ways that several people I know have forbidden to buy any products from that whole company. The idea that they can limit how many times I install it on my computer after a fresh format is horrific. I can understand if it just checked for the CD or if there was a cd-key that had to be verified once, but the installation of programs to manage the rights that always runs on my computer whether I want it there or not is not right. There is so much more negative aspects that I do not have time to go into but please explain in your Townhall why the FTC allows corporations to gouge customers like this?