FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM, when used by software companies, does not prevent the pirate from pirating and only inconveniences and unduly burdens the legitimate purchaser. The pirate will pirate the software, no matter what barriers the software manufacturers put in place. As an example, sites like www.gamecopyworld.com will actually put up guides to circumventing DRM included in video games. Limited software installations, CD-Checking software, and spyware-like root kits (StarForce) are all obstacles and problems for legitimate purchasers of the software, not pirates. In some cases, legitimately purchased software will not even run on a computer until the DRM has been circumvented or disabled (www.glop.org/starforce). These obstructions should not be allowed. Instead of coming up with more and more draconian ways of punishing the people who buy the software, companies should find new ways to grow their user base and encourage people to buy the software.