FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I would like all present to consider the status quo of piracy. I have never heard of a single piece of DRM'd software that was impervious to hacking. People who would and do pirate software always find a way around the DRM restrictions designed to stop them. Meanwhile, the only punished party is the unknowing, righteous consumer. Also, please note that piracy does not necessarily affect sales, as the companies claim. Sins of A Solar Empire was released last year without any DRM and sold quite well within its opening month. Whereas a heavily DRM restricted title like Spore has infamously become one of the most pirated games of all time. DRM is an ineffective method of copyright protection. Fighting piracy head on is an archaic and failed strategy. Remembering that pirates are people too, instead try to appeal to them by offering higher quality software without the DRM. Many pirates I know of and heard from pirate software because they feel insulted and restricted by DRM. Hopefully, this meeting will result in the abolition of DRM software and a brighter future for software consumers.