FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM is meant to stop the pirating of copyrighted material, but from what I have seen and heard it only stifles sales. DRM limits the number of times or ways that I can utilize software, music, videos, movies, etc that I have legally purchased. If I buy a song from iTunes that has DRM, the only ways that I can use this media is on the computer with iTunes (or up to 5 other authorized computers) a regular CD (holding no more than 20 songs) or on my ipod/iphone (apple mp3 player). I can't make an mp3 CD(holding upwards of 600 songs) and I can't use any other device to listen to the song that I have LEGALLY purchased. I could pay for the song through iTunes, or I could pirate the song for free and use it however, whenever, wherever I want. DRM is also fairly useless. In iTunes alone, I can get around the DRM by simply burning the song onto a regular cd (in .WAV format) and then reimporting the song as an .mp3. Now the DRM is completely wiped from the file and I can use it however I wish once again. (but i have legally paid for it) This is the analog issue. any digital media (songs, videos) can be recorded using anolog methods thus stripping DRM and then redigitized as though the DRM was never there. Therefore what is the point of DRM? It tempts people like me, who want to LEGALLY purchase things, to go the easy route and pirate things so that I don't have to deal with the hassle of DRM. I WANT to pay for things, but it makes it hard for me when DRM is such a pain in the butt. My example is just one of many different incarnations of DRM, but it is all fairly similar. DRM keeps people from (or makes it harder) copying material even if it is for their own personal use and not to pirate the media. It is ineffective to it's purpose and it deters those who want to pay for it legally.