FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00783

Submission Number:
539814-00783
Commenter:
Joni Spigler
Organization:
History of Art Dept, UC Berkeley
State:
CA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I will not buy products with DRM. DRM prevents me from ever really owning the product for I am forever at the mercy of the company that created the file to provide updates to keep it open and active. As we can see, in a faltering economy, businesses fail, and had I purchased DRM products, I would now be left with a waste product instead of the product I purchased in good faith. I would rather OWN a pirated copy of something without DRM than throw my hard-earned money after bad basically RENTING a product with DRM. I really hope that my legislators actually represent me and the millions of people who feel the way I do rather than taking bribes from the Music and Gaming Industries etal. to uphold their unsavory racket. I will never buy a product with DRM ever (See: Spore -- I waited for Spore to come out for 2 years and in the end refused to buy it because of the DRM). If a DRM product is not made available by the industry, and I really want the product and cannot figure out how to obtain a pirated cracked copy, I can always find a 9 year old kid who knows how to get it for me. This is the future.