FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00818

Submission Number:
539814-00818
Commenter:
Kyle Tay
State:
CA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Simply put DRM is inherently broken. We the consumer get the short end of the stick because we get punished for being honest. The whole point of DRM is to prevent piracy, and it has been shown time and time again that it is not capable of even that. Hardcore pirates can crack DRM in a matter of days or even hours. At the same time DRM has gotten more and more secretive and intrusive. It has gotten so bad that many people will forgo paying money for a game simply because it has the DRM in it. DRM drives the costs of games up and drives the number of games sold down. A losing combination no matter how you look at it.