DRM is damaging the reputations of companies, making watching a legal copy of the latest films stutter badly on even the most recent PC/laptop and as a result is promoting the use of piracy. I can back up the above statement with one word, Spore. Electronic Arts used a version of SecuRom that limits the number of times to 3 computers and within a month of release, became the most pirated game at that time due solely because of the DRM restrictions. Films are no exception either. I have often bought a DVD and when I went to play it on my laptop, the picture and sound stutters which would be worse than trying to watch a streaming video on a 56k modem. The only way I would be able to watch that film on my laptop would be if I was to download that film illegally which of course could result in fines and/or time in prison. I'm not pro-piracy as I believe that companies should get paid for their products, but the DRM used to "prevent" piracy actually only affect the fat-cat companies and those who legally purchased the item in question.
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00610
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FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle