FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
Generally speaking, I feel as though DRM is intrusive and causes problems for me as a consumer. I can certainly appreciate that businesses want to keep their intellectual property safe, as I work in the software industry myself. That said, tying DRM to a base product (CD, DVD, video game) is only going to cause heartache to responsible legitimate customers, as it already has in many cases including Spore, the Sony CD rootkit fiasco, and others. Usually, it also interferes with my ability to view or access the media I've purchased on the devices I want to access it on. Movie DVDs can't legally be played in a Linux PC, for instance. DRM hurts legitimate customers and does virtually nothing to curb piracy. My suggestion to most publishers would be to stop hurting their customers and to offer additional content for registration (patches, music videos, whatever). There are a few companies out there that do this now to varied success.