Is The FTC Interested In Protecting Consumers From Bad DRM?

from the that-would-be-interesting... dept

We're so used to hearing the government fall for the industry propaganda about the need for DRM that it's almost... shocking, to hear that the FTC is even willing to consider the question of whether or not it should be involved in protecting consumers from DRM. However, as Game Politics is noting, that question appears to be on the agenda of an FTC town hall meeting about DRM in Seattle in March. Of course, it sounds as though that question is just a preliminary one, as the full agenda has yet to be set. That means, it could have just been put there by a random staffer charged with filling out a few bullet points about what to talk about concerning DRM. Still, it's at least interesting to see a hint of recognition from the government that DRM has its downsides.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Jan 2009 @ 4:33pm

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    I would say there is "BAD DRM" and "Annoying DRM."

    BAD DRM is like the more recent versions of SECURom, DRM that harms your system and is virus/rootkit like.

    Annoying DRM, while still bad, is more of an annoyance. This would be like Disk Checks. While they can be cracked by people with skill, they can't be by the average user. While the "Annoying DRM" is a bit of a pain, and I'm not particularly fond of it, I could accept it if the BAD DRM went away.

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