FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00572

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FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM needs to be reworked in a way that is more consumer friendly. First any and all DRM that loads onto and remains actively on a computer should be clearly declared on the packaging. Many of the previous versions of DRM that actively loads on a computer have had issues that reduce the ability of the computer and could totally crash the system. Second I believe that the companies should be forced into a dual setup system so that those of us who do not wish to have such potentially harmful programs loaded onto our computers for just a videogame can have the option of not having the DRM program loaded directly to the computer we choose to operate their product, but then it would me we the users would have to insert the disc each time we use that program - a historically proven affective method that does not risk potentially harmful DRM programs being forced on us. In either case point 1 still is very important so if nothing else it informs the customer and then they won't waste hard earned money, they will be then making an informed decision to buy the product and put up with the DRM or avoid the product all together. I would also like to point out to all these industries that the average consumer, such as myself, is honest and willing to pay for a good product. However, we are tired of the hassles produced by these types of DRM. In contrast, those who do pirate software, do so and will continue to do so in a manner that gets around the DRM these companies waste money to create. All these DRM's do is cause difficulty for the honest consumer to the point that many of us have vowed to not purchase any product with such invasive DRM involved. A good example is the game SPORE - until I heard about the DRM I was very interested in it, then the information came out about the DRM ( from various gaming internet sites not the company itself ) and I then decided I would never get it because of the DRM. NO I did not pirate it - but from what I understand I could have even before it was officially released and without the malicious DRM programs - I understand ( again from internet gaming sites ) that a lot of people did end up pirating it just because of the DRM. The extensive use of such DRM is in fact increasing the amount of pirating occurring. I hope that this will help convince you that both alternatives to existing DRM is needed and that the companies need to clearly mark their chosen form of DRM clearly on the packaging to inform the consumer