FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
To me, DRM has little purpose in today's world. For games, it provides a difficult layer of problems for legitimate customers, but does little to stop people from illegally obtaining and installing a game. For music and video, it prevents what should be a standard process of moving content from one location to another. Unless DRM becomes "smart" enough to allow for movement of this kind among any type of device, it will be nothing but a burden. In many cases, DRM can actually prevent legal means of transferring copyrighted material, for example, to back up the media in case or failure or loss. In addition, multiple types of DRM have been know to cause damage to the systems they have been installed on. Sony had the rootkit fiasco, which even included using the rootkit to circumvent the DRM! SecuROM has had past issues of interacting poorly with software and hardware. Removing the DRM software is difficult, if not impossible in some cases. To sum up, I don't believe that DRM should be a primary used system for future content.