FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I am strongly in favor of media and content providers getting compensated for their intellectual property. If someone creates something of value to me, I'm willing to pay for it. I am strongly opposed to DRM technologies. DRM-locked music is a case in point. I can purchase a music CD and play it in my car or at my friend's house. I can lend it to a friend, back it up in case of damage, and even sell it. I can put it on my iPod or iPhone, and move it to a different MP3 player if I decide to give up on Apple. I can even continue to enjoy playing the CD if the issuing label goes out of business. All of this freedom helps me spread the word and generate enthusiasm for the music. This helps content providers by driving additional sales. DRM-locked music prevents nearly all of these things. I will never purchase DRM-controlled content, as it reduces my rights as a consumer and fundamentally damages the business model that keeps the entertainment industry alive.