FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
All DRM should be banned from inclusion in any product. It only serves to hinder the consumer who legitimately purchases a product from using it freely and without difficulty. Piracy is unstoppable, it will always find a way. DRM also is a deterrent to sales, as many consumers are aware of it's presence in any given product and will tell anyone they know to not purchase media that contains it and to blacklist companies that would employ such a distrusting scheme toward would be customers. Limited installs, code wheels, reference manuals or any other version of DRM which makes it a hassle for a paying customer to use something that is already fully paid for, is insulting to their intellegence, furthering a decision to not purchase anything from that company and instead pirate and intentionally distribute the media not only without remorse but now with well deserved malice. Why pay for something, if it's will to work is tempermental, when you could simply download a pirated version with the DRM already excized. Even corporations themselves have turned to piracy for hacks and workarounds that the DRM has necessitated, just to make their shipped product work. DRM cripples the experience of a product, debases the trust between customer and company, causes undue hassle with limited installing, uninstalling and regular use. Get rid of it, or the consumers wont buy your products and will have no qualms with pirating it.