FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM for most computer software (and content that can be used on a computer) is complete waste of time and demonstrates to the consumer that the content providers are constantly looking to "double dip" and sale multiple copies of the same thing to one consumer. up until the CD was released, many music companies were taking advantage of this by selling, for example, AC/DC's album "back in black" first on album, then on cassette, and finally on CD to the same customer. This has also happened in the VHS/DVD/HDDVD-bluray with movies. They would like continue this trend in the future but without physical media requirement changes the only way to continue this is via DRM and it is wrong. Computer software is even worse because they want you to be locked into one computer to use this even though in todays age computer hardware changes more often than the software you use with them. Also, in their attempts to lock software to hardware in many cases either break the software they are trying to protect or break the cobble the operating system enough that they lower the functionality of the hardware. Ironically, the stolen versions of this same software do not require the "customer" to jump through hoops or risk corruption of their computers to use. Many purchasing customers end up having to go the illegal route after spending time trying to get legitimate software to run. Consumers could vote with their dollars on these products and not buy them however they are rarely informed that "strong" drm is built into the software they purchased until they have already opened the software making it impossible to return.