FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00755

Submission Number:
539814-00755
Commenter:
Allen Roller
State:
FL
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I do not approve of DRM as it blocks right of first sale. Example is when you buy a car, you are allowed to resell your car to someone else. The auto manufacturer that made the car does not demand an additional payment or block the sale. DRM ridden software does just this, it blocks resale of a product that you have purchased. Additionally DRM such as SecureROM made by Sony only allows a very limited number of times software may be reinstalled. Once the installs are used you are forced to purchase the same product over again. The current view from companies supporting DRM is that users do not purchase software, they buy a right to use and nothing more. This damages the buying public as they are less likely to support the software economy in the United States and will seek out a better solution. DRM is an anti consumer practice and should not be allowed to continue.