FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I am a computer scientist and do oppose DRM because 1) it can not fulfill it's purpose (protect digital content) 2) the only persons inconvenienced by RDM are the legitimates users let me develop: 1) DRM can not work because ti attempts at the same time to let the user duplicate the content (music, video, book) in order to display/play it (the file needs to be copied/duplicated from hard drive to the computer main memory), while preventing the user to duplicate it (copying). Technicaly, this is similar to trying to send a secret message from A to B without B being able to see the message. a paradox. 2) in order to attempts to bypass the paradox, DRM users (ie, the company using DRM) have only one choice: build close systems (Apple with the iTune/iPod systems for example), but these have a huge drawback. If the provider goes bust, the user loses access to the content that it paid for. imagine one day going to your bookshelf and discovering that 1/2 your books can not be read anymore because the publisher went bust! This is unaceptable from the user standpoint! the worst part of the whole scheme is that pirates do not have any problems. they are able to 'crack' the system because of 1) and then they enjoy a version of the media (movie, song, video game...) that is of higher quality because it is not loaded with extra 'non intrusive', but still disturbing extra stuff that 'normal' users have to endure. Best example are video game where large number of users will buy a legit copy, and never open it, they will instead download a cracked version and use the cracked version because it works better once the DRM has been removed!