FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00820

Submission Number:
539814-00820
Commenter:
Benoit Tremblay
State:
CA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

I would like to comment to say I have personally been wronged by DRMs found on material I legally purchased in brick and mortar stores to use on my unaltered equipment. DRMs have prevented music from playing properly in my car, they have prevented games from playing properly on my PC as well. The DRM program was creating a conflict with another application, preventing me from playing my game. The trouble resulted in loss of data over reinstalling my Operating System to correct the situation. They also offer no warranty or support in the long run for the consumer. If someone bought a vynil and had a deck to play it on 30 years ago, it would still work today. Items purchased today offer none such warranty and without warning products using a DRM may become unusable. A solution would be to encourage proprietary formats and legislate the sale of publicly sold copy making devices. Legislate peer-to-peer networks and application as it seems they are above the law and encourage criminal file sharing. DRMs do not do anyone any good but the people who are selling them. They are like ticking bombs ready to wreck medias (see the Gears of War for PC for a recent example). They punish legal customers and hardly limit people with illegal intents. Regards, Benoit Tremblay