FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM, or digital restrictions management, only serves to restrict the rights of a consumer. Business interests are trying to make it so that you no longer own what you buy digitally, but rather rent it for the duration the company lives. Companies like walmart, ruckus, and even AOL have tried running DRM music stores and had closed them up. When these stores closed up, the "rights" to play the media also closed up. Consumers lost out here as well. The current trend in the music marketplace seems to be that DRM is bad, please allow this trend to continue, if not help push it further. Apple and Amazon, for instance have either moved totally to a DRM free store, or are in the process of migrating. Other industries current utilizing digital restrictions management include Video and Gaming industries. The video industry for instance, with bluray, has made it impossible for me to watch high definition content on platforms other than microsoft windows. Can I watch high def content on macs? No. Linux? No. Thank you for saving me money Video industry. I will not buy content I cannot play, simple as that. As for games, I am of the opinion that if I buy a game, I own it. I should be able to play it on as many systems as I personally own. Games like EA's spore have restrictions that limit the activation limit to 3 systems. Reinstall more than 3 times? Call ea and if they feel like it, they'll let you re-register. Has the company failed? No luck playing the game now! All in all, I ask you, the FTC, to take a very hard look at the downsides being imposed on the consumer as a whole. I ask that you create a form of Consumers digital bill of rights, that sets forth requirements in DRM. The best case, in my opinion however, would be eliminating these restrictions. I thank you for reading my rather long post, and look forward to reading about this conference.