FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00349

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L Gray
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FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
First off I would like to state that all media developers, video game, music, films, etc have the right to protect what they have created. Digital Rights Management is only one such method of protecting their intellectual properties, though if you look in quite a few cases it is not a successful model. DRM software has problems that need to be rectified. These flaws include evasive and difficult to remove software and root kits, proven cases of false positives telling a consumer that he or she is a pirate and cannot install their legally purchased software. DRM also dose not seem to slow down or even stop pirates. This concerns me as a Canadian citizen as we are the United States closest trading partner and 90% of the products I purchase be it film, music, and gaming are a US developed and sold product. Hell I bought a Zune in Idaho because I couldn't buy one at home. Most of the flaws in DRM need to be looked at back at the drawing board and developmental stages. Support of DRM under certain guide lines, like the examples I have listed below.: 1) DRM software must not create security flaws in my computers operating system. 2) The developer must in a very obvious manor tell me they are installing DRM software on my computer, Developer must also provide the tools to remove the software when I am no longer using their product. 3) DRM software must not collect any data from my computer, anonymous or other! 4) Companies who choose to use DRM and DRM producers should be held liable if said DRM cause undue stress to a consumer or causes damage to a users computer. See the Sony Root kit law suit in reference to their Sony/BMG Root kit DRM. What I listed are some of the guide lines that could be considered. Think about it this way Cars have locks, but if you go out to the parking lot and one day the key to your legally purchased car no longer works due to a manufacturer flaw, that would be unacceptable. Or if the car manufacturer collected the data about all the trips you take how much you weight or how many people ride in you car on average and then sends it back to their company for undisclosed reasons, would that also not be acceptable? Companies that produce and use DRM software need to be more concerned with customers that have the misfortune to be treated like criminals. I'm sure most are familiar with the terms innocent until proven guilty, DRM software doesn't see the world like that, which is dangerous.