FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I urge the commission to outlaw DRM as anti-competitive and contrary to the public interest. DRM strips consumers of their right to sell the goods that they have bought. It also restricts consumers from fully using the goods that they have bought. For example, a consumer who buys a song or piece of software with DRM may find himself unable to use that good any longer just because he switched to a new MP3 player or a new computer. This leads to vendor lock-in, which is anti-competitive. In addition to the high costs imposed by DRM, it provides no benefits. Those who are determined to circumvent DRM have always found a way to do so, therefore, DRM poses no deterrent. It only serves to harass legitimate customers.