FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I have stopped buying music recordings because of DRM. The principle place I listen to music is on my computer. Some organizations that publish music CDs have seen fit to use DRM schemes that place the security of the other information on my PC at risk. They do this without informing me of the personal risk they are forcing me to take. The only defense I have against their hacking of my system is to stop buying their product. How that helps owners of musical intelectual propoerty is beyond me. I know it doesn't help me. I now own an Amazon Kindle ebook reader. When I purchase a traditional book I can loan it to someone, give it to someone or even donate it to a library. When I purchase an ebook with DRM, such as those for sale for the Kindle, I can do none of those things. In fact if I chose, or am forced to buy a non Amazon ebook reader to replace my kindle my investment in kindle ebooks would become worthless. I sugest two things, first when a DRM scheme is found to have resulted in damage to an innocent buyer of the protected material that loss should be paid by the owner of the protected materiel. Second that a purchaser of DRM protected materiel should be able to transfer the protected materiel to another platform, without cost. I understand that the owners of intelecual property have the right to defend that property. I am however tired of being treated as if by purchasing DRM protected materiel I have agreed to an open season on my property and my wallet.