Federal Trade Commission Weighs In On DRM – Gamers, Speak Up

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Now’s your chance to tell the FTC how you feel about Digital Rights Management technologies – the Commission has opened up a comment form to the public.

“All timely and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic form, will be considered by the Commission, and will be placed on the public record of this proceeding,” says the posted FTC notice.

This matters to you, dear gamer, because DRM is a pain for gamers and hardly an obstacle for PC game pirates. Games for Windows Community Manager Ryan Miller backs this up on his blog. Take the time to tell the FTC this and Microsoft might actually have to start playing nice.

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The actual Town Hall meeting will take place in Seattle, WA on March 25, 2009.

Check out the form here.

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DISCUSSION

There's something I wish that game companies would do... And it would put an end to DRM in a second. This is something that the FTC could mandate.

For me it's often difficult for me to know if or what DRM exists on a game. If the FTC mandated that games that contain DRM must display what protection it uses on the outside of the box, I believe that the industry would immediately abandon it.

BTW, everyone go out and buy a copy of Prince of Persia PC (at retail) and support DRM free software. Also, Sins of a Solar Empire (great game, DRM free).