FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
Digital Rights Management is a disservice to legitimate-paying consumers everywhere. Instead of rewarding consumers for buying the original product, where it be on physical media or through a direct download, DRM actually hobbles the Fair Use of any product. It by nature treats a consumer like a potential pirate and heavily restricts what they can do with the product. Software or music that is pirated and sold in its pirated form without the DRM and is purchased by people who would never buy the original product in the first place. DRM is only meant to prevent the casual piracy of software and music, stopping the consumer from making a few copies of software (probably for uses that can be defined as Fair Use) while businesses dedicated to software piracy churn out thousands of copies, DRM-free, and sell them for a profit. In the end, it is the legitimately-paying consumer that suffers from all the restrictions, and these restrictions will affect their future purchases.