FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00838

Submission Number:
539814-00838
Commenter:
John Hughes
Organization:
Self
State:
CA
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

My issue with DRM is that it makes it impossible for users of the Linux operating system (an alternative to Windows or MacOS) to use many forms of online and purchased media. The strictness of DMCA and the fact that companies treat Linux, and even MacOS users, as business not worth pursuing. They will also not work with the Free/Open Source software (FOSS) developers to create versions of the software to use their media that work with Linux. Again, the DMCA restrictions serve as a legal barrier to FOSS. This has been a continuing problem: difficulty watching DVD movies, total lack of BlueRay support, few video games. DMCA and any other laws that cover DRM should be amended to require that companies must either provide versions of their media, and/or player software, for all PC operating systems that are capable of using their product, or alternatively provide sufficient documentation, with no licensing fees, to FOSS developers so that they can write and maintain the software for that works with that media. The penalty for not doing this should be that they lose any right to prevent FOSS developers from reverse engineering their products and software to produce FOSS versions.