FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I love digital media. I like being able to get books and music on my portable device. I don't like DRM. One of the first electronic purchases I made was for a couple of books. I happily got the file, little knowing that I would never use it. See, I thought I would be able to copy my file onto my portable device. But, due to DRM, it was tied to the computer that I had purchased it on. Unfortunately, that desktop pc was in a back bedroom. Making it impossible for me to read the file on my portable during my daily commute. Shame. I never did read that file. But, I was extremely annoyed. When I purchase something, it should be mine. It's not a lease. It is a permanent purchase. I should be able to do with the file as I choose. The DRM could have discouraged me from ever making digital purchases again. Which in some cases means that I wouldn't find some authors/artists. I wouldn't tell my friends and associates about them either. DRM is destructive to the electronics industry. It will only hurt the industry. I have made transitions to new media several times in my life. Hardcover books I gave up for paperback. Paperback I gave up digital. Records I gave up for cassettes, cassettes for CDs, CD's for digital. Digital is wonderful. It allows me to take books and music to many different places, all on my portable. DRM only prevents this from being possible. I do not purchase media that is DRM controlled. When I purchase it, it's mine. What I use with it is my choice. Trying to contol when and where I can use something I purchased is absolutely wrong. Digital media is the future. Trying to control it is wrong and only slows progress.