FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
In our digital age it has become imperative for companies to protect their investments. It is understandable that corporations wish to protect their product thus Digital Rights Management has become a necessity. I as a consumer have no right to tell software creators how to or how not to protect their software. However, such protections must be clearly advertised to the consumer. Clearly displayed on every food product we purchase is a nutrition label which advises us of the content of our food. On the side of a cigarette box the surgeon general warns us of the dangers of the product we have purchased. Over the counter medications and prescription drug packaging advises us of possible side effects. Is it so unreasonable to ask for the same full disclosure to be clearly displayed on the packaging of a DRM protected piece of software? Why is this not already industry standard? Requiring a product to clearly display such restrictions seems to be common sense. During your discussions, I strongly advise that you consider requiring Digital Rights Management requirements be displayed clearly on the packaging of all software products.