FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I would like to throw my vote against DRM of all kinds. DRM is inevitably anti-consumer, because it restricts the use of legitimately purchased media to one or a small number of the customer's devices, often restricts the use of the media to a proprietary device because DRM is by nature opposed to the use of open standards (since it relies on secrecy for its efficacy), and generally hassles the legitimate user, punishing the honest person for actually paying for the product. Meanwhile, and this is the kicker, DRM has done nothing whatever to stop piracy. On the contrary, P2P filesharing has continued to skyrocket, and is more popular than ever. Ironically, then, all DRM seems to accomplish is make it more difficult and annoying to deal with a legally-purchased copy of a movie, game, or song than it is to pirate the same thing illegally. So it shouldn't take much to see, that DRM, in fact, has the opposite of the intended effect. In typical fashion, content owners are reluctant to acknowledge this, and may need a swift kick in the butt to get them on the right track. Thank you.