FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00237

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Robin Fussell
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FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM, where can I begin? In the days of old, there was little DRM, Movies, Music, almost all were free of it (of course we had macrovision on VHS, but that wasn't usually an issue) Today however we have complex systems of DRM, these don't protect anyone, period. They cause a lot of issues for end users, Spore is a good example, why can I only install something I own a limited number of times. That's like telling me I can only unplug and plug in my toaster 5 times before I need to call the manufacturer to make it work again, this is not a product it's a lease, yet this is not how it is purported. Music is another annoyance. If I purchase a CD (DRM free) I can copy it all I want to tapes, mp3 players, metallic phonographic plates, whatever I want, it's my music, I get to listen to it how I wish. Apple is an example of this gone wrong, of course now they're bringing us new DRM free music, but guess what (and this has GOT to be illegal) for them to remove DRM from the music you already own so you can listen to it in the way you wish, you have to pay them again, this is nonsense, in this case DRM was used in a manner to increase post-purchase revenue from the same product. The same goes for operating systems, The inability to keep windows working without having to contact microsoft to fix it has actually influenced me to simply forgo contacting them when I add hardware to my system and using online cracks (although I am using a legitimate copy of windows, my circumnavigation of DRM is necessary for me to use the product as intended due to insane restrictions placed by them) What if your car only worked for the first 3 houses you lived in, you move to a fourth and you have to get them to fix it (sometimes for a fee), or apply it to any other product out there. The application of ownership to art such as music and movies is well out of bounds by these people, They want control not just over their movie, but on how you can watch a product that you own (the single copy of the movie) Vista has shown industry pressure can have horrible repercussions on the end user, If you want to watch a HD movie vista will lower its quality if you don't have a completely digital (and DRM supporting) hardware setup (often very expensive) yet I own this movie, who are they to say I have to watch it in a lower quality than I purchased, simply because I didn't buy extra hardware (I use analog VGA and analog sound...neither meet the requirements to view certain movies in their intended quality) Games DRM should be producer side and not passed off to customers. This is already done in many cases (multiplayer games) where you cannot play online without a valid serial number, since they are in control of the game in this arena, this is fine,. Putting third party software on my computer just so I can play is NOT fine. If I choose to not use this third party software (for example Securerom, something I did not purchase nor want on my PC) I cannot play a game I lawfully own, how is this even legal. It is your duty to protect us as customers here in the United States, to allow this continuation of DRM on all of our digital products is criminal.