FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I have a Microsoft Xbox360 at home that I regularly use to stream legally-purchased digital music from computers on my home network. On Christmas, my wife and I thought it would be nice to play her collection of Christmas music that she bought through the Apple iTunes music store. Unfortunately, none of her music would play, because it used Apple's proprietary DRM scheme. This is a perfect example of how law-abiding customers of digital content are inconvenienced, and pirates are not. If I were to locate and operate a tool to remove the DRM on my wife's music so that we could listen to it in the living room, then that would make me a criminal under the DMCA. DRM is a blight and it should not be protected, enforced, or otherwise legislated. Market forces are already working to kill it off, because it is not in the interest of the consumer or the citizen.