FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
It seems impossible to briefly describe what is so terrible about DRM, so I will try to speak from a broad perspective. As communication technology increases, humanity is going to discover that controlling digital information, which is really just ideas encoded into a more tangible form, is a ridiculous and impossible task. We have functioned for centuries now under the premise that ideas / information are commodities to be bought and sold, that they can be owned just like anything else. Technology is quickly turning this fairly recent notion into a joke. The sooner we remember, as our ancestors innately understood, that ideas and information exist beyond the control of any person or persons, and the sooner we make a collective goal of a global society where all ideas are freely exchanged without interference, no matter how odious or dangerous we may deem them to be, the better chance we shall have of surviving and evolving as a species. I could get into the specifics of DRM, as I'm sure others have, but just on this basic, conceptual level, DRM is an unhealthy way of thinking about information, one who's time should have long been past. The FTC's resources would be better used in helping, not hindering, a global exchange of ideas. My attempt at discussing this in a more verbose and creative manner can be found here, if interested: http://foolfactory.com/haus/comics/2gtech.html Thanks.