FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I do not understand how DRM actually benefits me, other than some nebulous explanation by the industries that by keeping piracy down they can keep prices down or some such nonsense. Have you ever heard the argument, "if guns are illegal, only outlaws will have guns?" I feel the same way about DRM. The pirates get around it anyway, so the only people who really suffer from DRM are the legitimate users. I don't pirate personally, since those "corners" of the internet seem a bit too shady and virus-laden for my tastes and I wouldn't know how to do it on my own. But honestly, the more harsh and invasive DRM becomes, the more I'm tempted. All I want is the product I paid for, to work how I expect it to, until I choose to be rid of it. When I hear about a company using some sort of verification server for DRM checks so if they ever go out of business everything you bought from them becomes permanently locked, I can't understand how that's any more legal than selling someone an item with a string attached to it, then yanking it out of their hands arbitrarily. OK, I'm rambling now. Thanks for your time.