FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I have had a number of issues with DRM in the past. Apart from the inconvenience of having to hunt down CD's or DVD's even though the entire contents of the program are installed onto the hard drive, DRM can prevent access to even legitimately purchased programs. For example, I purchased a boxed copy of a game titled "King's Bounty: The Legend" a few days ago. After installing the game, I found myself unable to play it due to the DRM system. I was required to find a "cracked" version of the program to play it. This is only one of the more recent problems I've had. In general, the DRM systems are ineffective at stopping actual piracy of the programs, as they are quickly cracked. The only lasting effect of the DRM is to inhibit a customer's resale rights (with online activation) and ability to use their legitimately purchased software in a time and place of their choosing. Please take action to protect the public against the increasing encroachment of DRM.