FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I hate DRM. Until I can buy a piece of content once in a format that I can convert and use anywhere with no problems (for example, I could buy a movie, get it in a high quality .h264 encode, store on my hard drive, and then store that version, re-encode it for use on a personal media player, stream it to other computers in my house, or store on a DVD) I will probably prefer not to buy content. I think I should only have to buy a movie once and be able to use however I like for my own private use. It's not anyone else's business if I want a movie on an iPod or my desktop or my TV. I'm still the one watching it, I'm still the one who paid for it. It's a complete rip-off to be expected to buy a movie for your PSP or DVD player or iPod in separate formats for each device. I also really hate how even when I own legal copies of games they require cracks to play without CDs in the drive or without contact servers. It's much more convenient to just put the game on my hard drive and leave it there and keep the CD/DVD some place safe for emergencies/backup. When a computer doesn't actually need a disk or to get info from a server to be played, requiring that it do so is inconvenient and onerous and often leads me to use cracks on games that I own myself. Disk Images are a bad solution, too, as you're still wasting the space of the disk on the hard drive.