FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM is necessary and I don't think anyone would argue that artists and companies need to protect their creative and intellectual properties. But DRM must NOT be burdensome, ornerous or limiting for the end-user. We MUST be allowed to use products we buy on multiple devices. We MUST be allowed to install them as often as we wish. We MUST be allowed to create backup copies on whatever medium we choose. We MUST be able to use the products wherever and whenever we choose. And we MUST be able to use the product today, tomorrow, a year, a decade or a century from now, even if the original owner(s) are deceased or defunct. And NOBODY should be allowed to take our equipment, disable or cripple our equipment, or deny us service just because they *suspect* we have violated somebody's DRM. That applies to governmental agencies, businesses and individuals. We want people and companies to protect their works and make money, so they can create more works for us to enjoy. We just don't want them to criminalize us for trying to use their works in the best way that suits OUR needs. We aren't trying to cheat them - but we don't want to be taken advantage of by them, either.