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Here's a glimmer of hope that 2009 will be the year of DRM reform. Questionable DRM regimes have caught the eye of the US Federal Trade Commission, which has announced it will host a town hall meeting on March 25 to address the consumer protection, anti-competition, and disclosure issues surrounding DRM restrictions in the …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Giant Warning Labels would be a good start...

    I want to see large warning labels on every product containing DRM, a big red sticker, that says something like WARNING - CONTAINS DRM and then a plain English explanation of what ridiculous restriction will keep you from using the product you paid for.

    That would be a good start.

  2. Mark

    DRM Or Copyright. Pick one

    Copyright expires but doesn't stop resale or installing on a new computer but is free.

    DRM Doesn't expire and controls things like resale and installing on a new computer and costs.

    Pick one.

  3. Britt Johnston

    @ DRM or copyright - pick one

    Thanks for the great choice: since copyright for digital media is only respected by the willing, I suppose DRM is left.

    Or maybe there other alternatives.

  4. Wize

    @ Britt

    DRM won't stop people breaking copyright (as spore hit the torrents quite quickly and was the preferred install method for people who had legitimate copies but didn't want the DRM junk).

    And you can't chain up the entire public on the idea that one person may break the law.

  5. Anonymous Coward

    @ By Wize

    based on freetard comments posted every day here, it seems more of a matter of chaining up the one person on the idea that the entire public is actively breaking the law

  6. Mark

    @Britt Johnston

    As Wize said, DRM doesn't work either.

    If nobody respected copyrights, how did music sell before DRM?

    Basically, you're talking shit.

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