FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
As a user with several computers and electronic devices, DRM is a rather irritating to me. After I've already bought and paid for a product, I should no longer need the company's permission to use it, provided I use it legally, and they are providing no further services. More to the point, DRM is not effective, and never will be effective. It does not, in any way, prevent piracy. Rather, it promotes it, since the pirated product, without DRM, is in many cases superior to the one legally sold. This, the fact that the pirated good, is superior to the purchased good, because of technology designed to prevent people from pirating the good, is the ultimate flaw of DRM as a concept, and a cause of injustice to consumers everywhere. I sincerely hope that the FTC does American consumers a service and outlaws such absurd practices.