FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
Everything we use and buy is created by *someone*, but very few products are treated the way music is. What if the prevailing thinking on DRM and copyright were applied to clothing, toys, or books? Books and toys, like music, find new fans when people are allowed to share. It would be ridiculous and unworkable to try to control how people use what they buy. I don't want to license music, I want to listen to it. Or else I'll have to start telling my customers that they may purchase and hold their bagels and coffee, but they may not allow others to taste or share the food. The use of said food will expire after my company stops supporting that particular format, i.e. untoasted bagels may not be returned for toasting later. The food and beverage products sold by this establishment are creations of same, and may not be duplicated outside of the premises. We cannot allow customers to try to make our recipes at home, nor to share them with others. Doing so is a federal offense punishable by up to ten years in prison and $250,000 fines. Seriously?