FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM was made to stop piracy, but pirates can usually get around it. DRM hurts the people actually buying the product, people who bought something will get the inferior while the pirates the the superior version. An example of this is music, if I buy a song and it has DRM, I can not listen it on all the devices I use to listen to music, if I would of pirated the song, I could listen to it on whatever device I want to. A recent PC game, Spore, had DRM which only allowed you to install it on 3 computers, some people reinstall Windows often to keep their computer running fast. If you were to install the game on 2 computers, and later reinstall Windows on both of them, also installing the game again, you would not be able to, as the DRM would of said you already installed it on 3 computers so you would not be able to install it on the second computer. If you wanted to install it on the second computer you would need to buy the game again, I don't know about you but I don't like to buy stuff I already own. If that person would of pirated the game, they would not need to worry about an install limit. The point is that DRM only hurts the people who actually buy the product, the pirates are going to get around the DRM anyway, so why have it?