Outside the United States
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I feel that DRM is invasive and unnecessary as many games now include online activation in which you input your cd-key and receive an activation key in turn to input in order to activate you game to play, which prevents someone else using the same cd key and preventing piracy. Also giving the user the ability to manually activate it on the internet if their computer is not directly connected to the internet eg. you can go to an activation web page and input as said above and when home you can then use that key to activate it. With DRM you need a direct connection to the internet which at times due to technical difficulties has not been the case for me. Many games also include a revoke tool which when you uninstall a game you deactivate the cd-key allowing you to reinstall your game as many times as you wish. Whereas the DRM limits the amount of times you can install a game which in my mind should be illegal as all the shops 'selling' these games are advertising them as that and not to 'rent'. To pay au$99 for a pc game and have to buy it again months later is insane. I have gone through 2 power supplies (on my third), 2 motherboards ( also on my third), and have upgraded my video card once in the past 12 months all of which would have rendered my games useless, except for the fact that i hadn't purchased any DRM games until recently. The DRM is an invasion of privacy, an inconvenience to the consumer and gives the product a much shorter life span, essentially making games rentals only, and rentals don't cost $99.