While I do not believe DRM is good for the consumer and does nothing to stop piracy, I do not have a problem with them placing it on their products as long as it is mentioned on the packaging in an easy to find and understand form. Also, the companies that chose to use DRM should have to place the type of DRM used on the outside of the packaging as well. I have a few games that sit opened and uninstalled because I found out, after making the purchase, they contain a certain type of DRM that I will not install on my computer. I am unable to return the games to the store as they are opened and the publisher/creators will not take them back either. Now I do not buy music or games without first extensively researching the type of DRM the product uses on the web. Distributors do not realize that this stops impulse buying and makes the money they spend on packaging useless. No amount of cool graphics and mouth-watering game description will make me buy a product, even though I may want to because it looks cool, until I do my research. Often it is too much work and I just go without. For consumer protection and to be able to make an informed decision on a purchase, the inclusion of DRM and its type should be included on the packaging.
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00052
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle