FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM is an abomination. Ban it entirely. I have the right to use the product that I purchased in any method I choose. It's mine, EULA's and click-wraps and non-negotiable contracts that I'm forced to agree to aside. The moment I purchase something, it's mine. You relinquish control over it. DRM tries to maintain the original ownership of the seller, even in the face of the sale. It's morally wrong. DRM stops me from watching a show that I recorded on my Tivo on my PC at work. Why? I paid for the cable channel, I paid for my PC, I paid for my recording device... yet I can't watch a show that I recorded on another device. DRM stops me from playing a game installed on my desktop computer at home and on my laptop while I travel. Why? I paid for the software, I should be able to run it where I want. DRM stops me from listening to a song that I purchased on iTunes on a device other than my ipod. Why? I own the copy that I purchased! What right does some 3rd party have to tell me how I can use it? The "lost revenue" numbers from the BSA, RIAA, and MPAA have been shown time and again to be entirely fictional. There is no known economic impact from removing DRM entirely from the landscape. In fact, recent events, such as artists selling their albums directly over the internet, giving away albums for free, and exploring new business models show that there's plenty of room to grow.... if the record industry, the game industry, and the movie industry chose to pursue it. Yet, they cling to outmoded business models, and try to enforce their image of how the consumer and industry should purchase and use their products. Even though the economic and technological landscape has changed -- and their business models are outdated. Consumer piracy is a reaction to business practices being shoved down consumers throats that make no sense. Let's bring business practices into line with what consumers want, and consumer piracy would vanish overnight. Get RID of DRM ENTIRELY!