Outside the United States
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
The DRM is a violation of both the rights of the consumer in using the product in the ways heshe preferres, and his right of propriety on the rightly payed goods. The DRM pretend to be born as a way to fight piracy, but instead damages only the legal buyers. A product using DRM, doesn't allow me as his owner to do any backup copy of what I legally payed, doesn't allow me to use my product without registration and, finally, seriously limitates my possibilities of resell the item as preowned once I'll be tired of it, limiting in a serious way my freedom of using my stuff as I like. On this behaviour the position of software houses like stardock, that limits his security checks on the registration of the acquired product to get both assistance, benefits and patches is, on my opinion, a great way of fighting illegal spread of pirated software. The results in terms of online shipment of their products using this kind of attitude speaks for itself. The consumer must be protected and guaranteed in both his purchase and the way he decides to do it.