FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM is uncalled for and is quite useless. DRM neither stops nor discourages pirates, infact it's the opposite. By using DRM companies are giving crackers/hackers something to do, offering them a challenge if you will, to beat there coding. By removing DRM crackers have nothing to crack making it more likely they'ed go out and buy the game/program. Companies claim that DRM helps protect sales however consumers who are fed up with companies telling them how to use products they bought dont buy items with DRM decreasing sales, further more products like games sell on the fan base of that certain genre, franchise, publisher, and development team. As of late games from companies that dont use DRM have been more successful as the companies are focused on the content and not on piracy, which increases sales as the end product has more substance. Companies like Stardock and IronClad (the makers of Sins of a Solar Empire) continue to put out great games with out DRM. DRM should be removed from games, removing the challenge to crackers. Its time that the little guy, the buyer, doesnt get screwed by the big corperations that only care about there profits.