FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00199

Submission Number:
Sean Burke
Student at Vermont Technical College
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FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I am a proud member of the gaming community. I am currently enrolled in Vermont Technical College for Computer Engineering Technology. I feel that DRM should no longer be allowed to exist within video games. Over the past few years I have noticed a rapid increase in the level of DRM found in computer games. I know that I am not alone as gamers all over the internet have expressed their outrage for excessive DRM found in today's video games. The DRM is meant to block those who intend to play an illegal copy of the game, but it should not, in any way, work against a user's experience who is playing the game legally. Recently games have gotten away with excessive DRM. This has included being able to install a product only a certain number of times before it will not legally work, requiring online activation and/or an online account in order to play, and even 'chopping' down the user's experience if the game suspects that it isn't a legal copy. DRM is meant to stop hackers from downloading and sharing illegal media, but this level of protection should never be able to affect a user's experience. I feel that DRM has the right idea, but it is using the wrong method. DRM has proven to be much more of an annoyance to those who legally own a product than it is to those who chose to illegally reverse-engineer the product, and then share it over the internet. DRM has proven to only succeed in negatively affecting a legal user's experience for the sake of stopping the tiniest percentage of individuals who choose to illegally exploit a commercial product. DRM has even gotten to the point where it installs Spyware applications on a user's computer to verify the legality of certain products. We as consumers should not have to suffer the consequences of the hacker minority. I believe that companies should no longer legally be allowed to place DRM software within their products that limits a user in any way, shape, or form. I ask the people of the Federal Trade Commission to seriously consider banning companies from using DRM as a means of copy protection. DRM is not the solution, but instead it has become a problem. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I am sure that I speak for the majority of gamers in saying that DRM should no longer legally be allowed to exist on a products that we, the consumers, have legally purchased. Please consider the gamers with the action you take to change DRM.