FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
My opinion on what the FCC should do. There needs to be a balance between the rights of the consumer, and the rights of the corporation. Ultimately, the free market will decide this. However, the current situation is not a free market. Free Markets require even flows of information- this is known to any economist. Right now, software corporations use stealth, deception, and asymmetrical information that do not allow consumers to make informed decisions unless they are acutely aware. My idea: The intent of any legislation should not be to discourage DRM, but to allow for consumers to make an informed decision My suggestion would be warning labels on packaging or on the pages for direct download services, similar to warnings on cigarette packages The things consumers would need to know - The activation limits , whatever they are, if the activation window is longer then seven days. (So a 10 activations in a day limit is fine, but 10 in a year would have to be noted) - Any negative, or potentially negative effects caused by the installation of DRM software Also, any DRM system should be forced to have an option to uninstall the DRM with the uninstallation of the software. Such uninstallation shall leave no traces of the DRM system after uninstallation. -The DMCA should be amended to allow for circumvention of DRM schemes if a person has a legitimate license for the software that is still valid. Under no circumstances should circumventing the DRM be defined to invalidate the license, directly or indirectly. -Click-through agreements shall not be used to circumvent any of these provisions under any circumstanes, and shall never be defined as a valid contract.