FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
Sir or Madam, There are many evidences that DRM do not serve the marketed purpose. The media companies want you to believe that DRM is needed to stop piracy, but there are no single case in witch DRM had stopped piracy. Instead DRM has caused numerous problems for the users that legally have purchased the media content. Not only that but many legitimate users had to download pirated copies of the games, because DRM was preventing them to run the own purchased copies. As result the DRM increases the piracy. The real reason why the content owners wants DRM is to restrict distribution and extract monopolistic prices. Copyright and patent law grands a monopoly as reward for making their IP available for the whole public. But the reality is far from the intended spirit of the law. For example: I only use Open Source Software and as result I can not legally watch any DVD or HD-DVD or Blu-ray Disk, because the DVD Forum and Blu-ray Disc Association are actively prevents development of the Open Source Players, by abusing the DMCA law. This is in fact breach of the social contract that awards them Copyrights and Patents. Please stop that. The media companies should have two choices ether provide open standard of DRM with no license fees for everyone who wishes to use it or they should lose the DRM protection. The Copyright and Patent law are intended to stimulate creativity and reward the authors of new ideas and art, but DRM prevents that. I have not purchased single DVD since DMCA become a law and I can not buy any until I have access to open source player that legally can play DVDs and Blu-ray Disks. Thank you for you time.