ECA Helps Gamers Petition the FTC on DRM and EULA Issues

April 6, 2009 -

Brett Schenker, Online Advocacy Manager for the Entertainment Consumers Association, circulated the following to ECA members on Friday.

You don't need to be an ECA member to sign the petition that Brett mentions, so feel free to check it out:

Over the past year we have witnessed a growing concern among gamers about the issues of increasingly invasive Digital Rights Management (DRM) and End User Licensing Agreements (EULAs). 

The FTC is holding hearings on the issue of DRM and EULAs. Read the ECA's statement, sign the petition and comment about how consumer rights are being diminished.

The ECA respects the careful balance that must exist between the content community and the customer, and we agree that piracy is an ever-present challenge for the trade; at the same time, consumers must be protected from crippling DRM and murky EULAs.

Now's the time to weigh in with your thoughts about DRM and EULAs.

We acknowledge that these are weighty and topically-important issues, without easy solutions, and we are pleased to see the FTC providing a forum for thoughtful discussion of the matter.  We wanted to give you, the consumer, an opportunity to express your opinions on DRM and EULAs, which will be delivered to the FTC.

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Re: ECA Helps Gamers Petition the FTC on DRM and EULA Issues

No amount of DRM has even slowed piracy. DRM has SPED piracy up! It's become almost a game to the crackers that break it. Remove DRM, use a CD-key that can be transferred, you bore the pirates. End of story.

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Re: ECA Helps Gamers Petition the FTC on DRM and EULA Issues

This is why I joined GP! KICK THEIR ASS! WOOOOOOO WOOOOO WOOOO WOOO! *Dons GP regala, puts on big foam finger, and blasts airhorn*

Anyway...A complete and total ban of DRM outside of measures implemented inside a running program / piece of media (Read : NO HARDWARE DRM) should be disallowed. "But that'll screw the corporations!"

No amount of DRM has even slowed piracy. DRM has SPED piracy up! It's become almost a game to the crackers that break it. Remove DRM, use a CD-key that can be transferred, you bore the pirates. End of story.

 

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Re: ECA Helps Gamers Petition the FTC on DRM and EULA Issues

I've signed.  I hope everyone who cares about gamer's rights (yeah, we consumers have rights too) signs.

Re: ECA Helps Gamers Petition the FTC on DRM and EULA Issues

Signed as well.

They aren't rights if someone is managing them.

Re: ECA Helps Gamers Petition the FTC on DRM and EULA Issues

I signed as well.

Re: ECA Helps Gamers Petition the FTC on DRM and EULA Issues

Finally, some action.

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Re: ECA Helps Gamers Petition the FTC on DRM and EULA Issues

 I have signed, and passed it along. I encourage everyone to do the same.

Re: ECA Helps Gamers Petition the FTC on DRM and EULA Issues

Acronym overload.

Re: ECA Helps Gamers Petition the FTC on DRM and EULA Issues

I think the DRM wants the EULA to get the ESA out of the FTC or something. 

Re: ECA Helps Gamers Petition the FTC on DRM and EULA Issues

True, but its still nice to know that an orginization has our back over this issue.

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