FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I think DRM needs to be made more clear to the consumer about what exactly is installed on said user's computer system. Many people do not read the "terms of service" or "agreement" before clicking "I agree" when installing PC software. This leads to unfair practices. Why does a company have the right to install software on my computer that has nothing to do with the software I am purchasing in the first place? Pirates and people who steal software already have ways of circumventing DRM practices, why do companies keep wasting money on DRM software like Securerom? If anything it slows down my computer by using up more memory or creates more problems like bugs in Windows XP and Vista. All this does is punish people like me who do NOT steal software and buy it instead. What needs to happen in my view is find a better way to fight against piracy. Secondly not punish those who do not pirate software because of those who do. Third, perhaps form a standard once said method is found to be successful. One way of fighting piracy is to make software more affordable via digital distribution. This has proven a very effective way during the last 5 years for company to attract new customers and secure their software via an account based system. In conclusion please do not punish those who do not steal with DRM software and find a way to stop those that do.