Digital activist group the Electronic Frontier Foundation has called upon the Federal Trade Commission to mitigate the harm caused to consumers by digital rights management (DRM).
An EFF press release quotes staff attorney Corynne McSherry (left) on the DRM issue:
DRM does not prevent piracy.
At this point, DRM seems intended to accomplish a very different purpose: giving some industry leaders unprecedented power to influence the pace and nature of innovation and upsetting the traditional balance between the interests of copyright owners and the interests of the public.
The best way to fix the problem is to get rid of DRM on consumer products and reform the [Digital Millenium Copyright Act], but the steps we’re suggesting will help protect technology users and future technology innovation in the meantime.
The EFF press release adds:
Industry leaders argue that DRM is necessary to protect sales of digital media, but DRM systems are consistently and routinely broken almost immediately upon their introduction.
The group filed public comments with the FTC in advance of the government agency’s Town Hall on DRM, which is scheduled for March 25th in Seattle.