Outside the United States
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
My older relatives who are not grown up with the Internet often ask me why I download music and software instead of buying it so the people who've made the stuff get money for their work. I then explain that i don't want to buy (read 'rent') every song I have for every device I have and that when my computer crashes I have to rebuy everything again. Now they all ask me HOW to download music instead of why I do it. The fact that the average consumer doesn't know that the stuff they buy/rent is restricted is completly wrong. If a product has these kind of horrible limitations it should be printed on the front of the package in huge letters, in plain english (not lawyer-english), like the stuff that is on the cigarette-packages. Something like: "You will only be able to play this song on one computer,cellphone or mp3-player, to play it on more devices you will have to buy it again." The most patheic thing about DRM is that it doesn't even work, I have not heard of a single program/movie/song that't hasn't been availible for downloading because it had too powerful copy-protection. All it takes is for one copy to make it to the web and then the protection was all for nothing, but it's still there on every remaining legal copy. DRM only causes pain for the buyers, the pirated versions are still always availible and they always just work.