FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I believe that DRM is needed for the industry's protection, however, it needs to be monitored. The monitoring is necessary because there are forms of DRM that lock out certain consumer bases (see EA's most recent PC games, Spore and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 for examples), often times by NEEDING an internet connection (see: Starforce and Steam) or some other mildly invasive/restrictive means. Also, I believe DRM in digital music is prohibitive. It is too varied in limitation, and, as in Apple's case, stops the consumer from using the program/product of their choice to listen to their music. I believe sales would increase if digitally bought music were able to be used on any given product (MP3 player, PC, etc.). It is my belief that DRM, in general, needs to be evaluated, as well as better advertised, to aid the consumer in their purchases and choices.