FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00839

Submission Number:
539814-00839
Commenter:
David Downer
State:
OK
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

We are all told that DRM exists in computer games to curb piracy. This isn't funny at all - I don't like being called a pirate. The people that have cracked computer games for the last few decades are still doing it today, DRM included. So, while I'm an honest customer of my favorite game producing companies (Stardock), and Ex-favorite companies that now use this "technology" (i.e. EA Games), I am the one who is hurt by it. I pay my hard earned $50 for a new game, but I don't own the game anymore. Now it's like paying $50 to rent the game, because the next time Microshaft Windows crashes and I have to reinstall my operating system, or the next time my computer gets so sluggish, I format my drive and reinstall the OS (usually every 6 months to a year), or the next time I upgrade my computer (every chance I can afford it), I use up one my my installs according to DRM, while the real pirates have been enjoying the game hassle free all along. So what is DRM really accomplishing besides punishing honest customers??? If nothing else, it's actually promoting piracy in my opinion. I'm not even getting into the root kit installations without my consent. Are they serious????? This is a horrible way to control piracy, and I'm sure companies that use this "technology" are already feeling it's effects in their wallets...at least I hope so. I know I will not be buying any more games/software with DRM. I'll go without.