FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00757

Submission Number:
539814-00757
Commenter:
Seth Schultz
State:
MA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

As a consumer I am strongly opposed to DRM. Since DRM has bloomed I have seen the end of lawful resale of computer software (namely games). If I purchase a copy and no longer use the software I own I should (and used to be able to) be allowed to sell that copy. I am concerned that as DRM grows more forms of media purchased by individuals will suffer this limitation. I am also concerned that if DRM is permitted that the seller should be legally required to guarantee the consumer's ability to access and use that media. So if I buy a piece of software that requires me to log on to the company's server to use it, they should be require to set a guaranteed window of time that that server will continue to allow the program to work. In the past if a company went under their software which I bought still functioned (and still does) now that is not always the case.