FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I am not in the general demographic of the music and games industry customers, but I am the person who pays for their products for the general demographic customers (the kids). Here's what I want: When I buy music, whether it is a CD or from a download service like iTunes or a physical CD I buy at a brick-and-mortar store, I want to: a. Back up that music onto another CD so I can play it in the car. b. I want to be able to play the music on my computer without anything being installed. c. I want to be able to rip the songs off the CD to play on my computer if I don't want to use the CD. d. I want to be able to put the music on whatever handheld portable player I have, whether it is an iPod or something else. When I buy a movie DVD, I want to be able to back it up once so that if the original gets ruined, I don't have to buy another DVD. Sorry, but I just don't want to buy the damn thing twice. I guess the movie people will just have to cut down on their cocaine use and buy a slightly less expensive grade of caviar for the evening. When I buy a computer or console game, I want to do the same thing. I'd love to have the ability to make one backup copy and maybe pay a little extra ($10-20 or so) for the license to put the game on more than one computer. The technology is available to do this. I do not want to be limited to the number of times I can install a program or game and I do not want to have to activate anything. There should be no time limits as to how long I can use the game or program WHICH I BOUGHT. I might want to play the game or use the program years after the company has folded and/or the original activation servers decommissioned. And I don't want to be treated like a criminal. After all, I'm not pirating any of these things. I'm actually putting out great wads of cash for these products. And I'm not stooping to calling the music, movie, and game industry greedy bastards, am I? We could be civilized about this.