FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
A consumer should never have to choose to compromise the security of his or her personal computer to be able to enjoy entertainment they have legally obtained. There should be regulations as to the access DRM systems have to a consumer's personal computer. In my opinion, DRM is less of a deterrent to illegal practices and more of a deterrent to potential sales. This is evident in the fact that if someone has their intention set on illegally obtaining entertainment, they will accomplish their goal. However, someone who sees invasive and/or harmful DRM will not purchase a product. If companies producing and/or utilizing DRM in their products are subject to full disclosure of their product's capabilities, it will only strengthen the countermeasures that pirates utilize to achieve their ends. Perhaps the answer to this would be to have these applied DRM methods certified (by a public interest/consumer report type of company) as a non-invasive/non-harmful means that protect the rights of the consumer and provider.