FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00843

Submission Number:
539814-00843
Commenter:
Sandy Warnstaff
State:
Outside the United States
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

DRM has been the sole and only reason I no longer purchase almost any software. I have been locked out of over a dozen computer games due to faulty DRM systems, had my computer system adversely effected, bother performance and operating wise and encountered unwanted, unwelcome, and secretly installed drivers and services from DRM software. When bringing these issues up with publishers and/or developers on public forums, the typical response is that "anyone who is having problems with the copy protection is a pirate or illegitimate user". I no longer buy up to 25 new pieces of software per year, now rarely more then 4 per year. As a direct result of this, I have lost all confidence in the software industry as a whole, and I do not believe that I can safely buy any software. I no longer buy up to 25 new pieces of software per year like I used to, now rarely more then 4 per year.