FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM is an unnecessary and damaging form of technology. It does not deter pirates, who quickly find ways of bypassing it. Worse, it penalizes honest consumers by restricting the ways in which they can use their legally purchased content. One can even take the point of view that DRM encourages piracy. Since pirated content provides total freedom of use, consumers who know that their options for obtaining content (be it games, music, or movies) are to either purchase a crippled version from the rightful distributor or to retrieve it from extralegal sources for free without restrictions on use, the pirated material appears to be the obvious choice. DRM will not curb piracy, DRM'd content does not provide an enhanced consumer experience, and the costs of developing and applying DRM are unfairly passed on to consumers. This harmful technology must be abandoned altogether if media distribution as we know it is to remain viable.