Untitled Podcast: Collector's Edition
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
Any DRM that limits the number of times I may install purchased software is just flat-out wrong. Any DRM that requires online approval after the first time I play it is bad, too. I work in IT and am constantly experimenting on my own computers all the time, so I am reinstalling my OS several times a year. If I had purchased any of these products that limit the number of installs you may do of software that you've purchased, I would be very upset. I have no one telling me how many times I'm allowed to use my faucet per day, how many miles I'm allowed to drive my car, or how many programs I'm allowed to record on my DVR, so I certainly do not welcome the seller controlling my experience in terms of their interactive software. The former owner of my house cannot exert any control over my house, just as Honda is not allowed to exert any control over the Civic they sold me. Once I'm kind enough to hand over $50 for a game, the publisher should not be allowed any kind of control over the game. We have laws that prohibit copyright violation, and that should be all we need.