FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
In September of 2008 I bought a computer game and found out it had DRM on it, which only allowed me to install it 3 times on my computer. Seeing as I paid $50.00 for the game, I do not feel that the publisher has the right to tell me that I will have to purchase a new copy of the game if I want to install it more than three times. This was especially upsetting to me as my computer experienced a serious error shortly after installation of the game and had to be wiped clean. Naturally, I had to use another install of the game to get it back on my computer. I have also recently updated the video card on my computer, which I just learned uses up another installation. I have owned this game for barely four months and already I have used up my three installations. According to the company that I purchased it from I will have to buy the game again if I want to load it up on my computer again. This, I believe, is wrong. I did not rent this game. I paid for it with my own money. I understand companies put this software on their games to prevent piracy, but this feels more like an infringment on my right to do what I want with products that I purchase. I have no desire to pirate any software and I don't feel it is right to be acused of doing so merely because I try to load the game more than 3 times. As pointed out above, I ran into hardware errors and upgrades which unneccessarily used up 2 installations of the game. Needless to say I will never buy another product using this software because it is a waste of money. I will never buy a product twice because a comapny limits its use. That is what rentals are for.