FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
The case against DRM is simple. It punishes all legitimate consumers and rewards all pirates. At some point, pretty much every consumer of DRM will run up against a situation where the DRM fails and they cannot access content they own. However, since the pirates are using DRM-stripped versions of the same content, they will have perfect access and possibly a better. more flexible experience of the same content then the legitimate users. How is this fair for consumers? If anything, the government should NOT be involved in this conversation in any capacity but that of protecting the rights of consumers from corporations eager to tell us how we can and can't use content that we've paid for. As long as the government stays out of it, I suspect the marketplace will find what price point and protection level consumers are willing to endure perfectly well on its own. DRM--just say no! Thanks in advance. - Eric.