FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
It is no secret that computers crash and information must be formatted and reinstalled from time to time. If a computer must be formatted a consumer should not have to worry that a piece of software with DRM restrictions will not allow a reinstall of the product that was legally purchased. Technology changes quickly and it becomes necessary to purchase newer equipment because of compatibility issues. It is unreasonable for DRM restrictions to dictate where we can move the products that we legally purchased for our own use. You would not expect a consumer to purchase a chair that could not be moved to another room or another house if you moved. Why would it be reasonable to expect consumers to purchase software that can't be moved.