Outside the United States
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I do not mind protection od software, as we all know that most pirated games are on PC. But the protections nowadays are used are conflicting with emulation software such as Daemon tools, and to disbale proper burning of image files. I use Daemon Tools, because I have databases that are backuped each week in ISO format on backup HardDrive. That is the way the software works which makes backups. And each month they are burned to DVD media - this is where the most annoying problem resides. The game I bought, which is resold because of this annoyment, is Atari's Alone in The Dark: Central Park. Game as most of the games that use DRM/SecuRom protection, is unplayable unless I uninstall DaemonTools. It comes with the message: "emulation software detected". On Securom webpage it says that emulation software must be uninstalled in order to play the game. Well this is utter nonscence, because no software cannot demand from you(me as user) to uninstall other software, in order to start it. And this is violation of free user choice to install on PC whatever he wants from software. Be it 1st party or 3rd party. Analogy to that is, if you own/installed Corel Draw and decide to install Adobe Photoshop Suite, and Photoshop will not install or start with popup message "Corel software detected please uninstall in order to use Photoshop". Second thing which made this Securom/DRM thing most annoying is that somehow it makes ISO files burnt on DVD media unusable. ISO file is not directly stored on DVD, but the actual files that are stored in ISO are burnt on DVD (double click on ISO, nero opens....etc). Why unusable? Well they are all there, but files are corrupted, could not be copied onto HardDrive, stops after certain percentage, because of that corruption. The only way I can burn files that reside in ISO, is that I extract them through DaemonTools onto HardDrive, and then burn them. Before Alone in the dark, they were successfuly burned, and copied onto HardDrive if needed. So can anyone tell SecuRom that what they are doing is in conflict with the end-user rights.