FTC Beginning to Notice Problems with DRM

30 03 2009

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently hosted a workshop in Seattle that dealt with how Digital Rights Management (DRM) has affected consumers of products ranging from music, to movies, to video games. While the workshop did not produce new regulations, individuals and organizations representing the various sides of the DRM debate made their cases. The Motion Picture Association of America was quick to point out that DRM technology prevents unauthorized copying of its members’ movies and other digital works. On the other side, the Electronic Frontier Foundation argued that DRM fails to stop piracy and instead harms consumers who legitimately purchase content. Of particular debate at the FTC workshop was whether or not consumers are being fully informed of the limits that complex DRM technology often places upon a purchase.


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