FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
As a law abiding citizen of this country, let me start by saying that the DMCA which legitimizes DRM as a draconian lock on data is a travesty to Fair Use and the rights of the consumer. That aside DRM in it's current state is to harsh on the people who do not pirate their movies, cds, and games. It can be argued that my wanting to make backups for my personal use of data i purchased infringes on some intellectual right of the creator, but where is the harm in my copy? Am I causing a loss of a sell of a product that i have already paid money for? No. Am I posting the data on the internet for everyone to download and or share? No. I use the data on the original media as archival backup, and use the ripped data as the media in which I watch/listen, in the case of dvds and cds. Recent PC games I've found myself buying from Valve Software's Steam service. This way I avoid the need for the physical media, and the DRM that is included with them. In recent years the paranoia of the media outlets has caused me and others like me to become the hapless by standards of the war on piracy. I don't condone piracy, but at the same time I look at it as such: If they didn't buy the content and they pirated it, then more than likely they never would have in the first place. There for, there is no lost of a sale.