FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
Good Morning FTA, Asking the Public for their insights and opinions regarding the issues of Digital Rights Management is a leap in the right direction. Attempting to squeeze a new era of information technology into an outdated business model has been a challenge for you, as industry regulators, as well as for the public. New solutions must be found through new perspectives. Sharing data, information and the transfer of data should be FREE TO ALL PEOPLES guided only by appropriateness of content by rating. Our technology, hardware and software, should be built in a way which uplifts the system of freely sharing information. The internet should be our goldmine of collective resources, free to all. We need to remove the word -regulation- from this approach to digital rights, and begin an era where people make money from freely sharing and distributing information, technology, intellectual property as well as the programs which make it all possible. No more DRM. It is time to break out of this battle and create a new system. It is time to educate people on appropriate ways to use the technology and information that is at their fingertips. The Digital Rights Movement is not about protecting rights, it is about protecting who gets paid, when and how. It is time to let the financial bottom line play second string to the importance of a greater, more educated society. I do not think that placing -Digital Restrictions- which retard the distribution of any digital information is a viable solution. As our collective understanding of how technology impacts our lives, we will evolve into a society which uses technology to either control one another, or to unite and lift one another. If we approach this new era from an attitude of control, we will meet resistance. If we approach this new era from a perspective of education and freedom, we will expand and grow. I ask the FTC to look beyond the clutter that is clouding the issue today, and adopt an underlying principal which makes information and information technology a thing that has -no need- to be railed against, thereby deleting most of the issues which plague you/us today.