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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Sleaker@EZK - using hyperbole is a bit silly. I'm asking a serious question. Where's the line on disclosure as relates to journalistic involvement in the culture they report on?10/02/2014 - 10:59am
E. Zachary KnightSo a journalist reporting on general gaming news mentions a specific developer and their game involved in said news, and it is suddenly some nefarious conspiracy to hide a conflict of interest. I think someone is reaching for validation.10/02/2014 - 10:53am
Andrew EisenYes, imagine anyone insisting that two utterences of the phrase "Depression Quest creator Zoe Quinn" wasn't influenced by something happening in the future!10/02/2014 - 10:52am
Sleaker@Pap Midnight - So wouldn't it be any journalist writing about general gaming culture would need to disclose any and all links/ties to said general gaming culture to be ethical? Also @EZK to use you're own methodology, I'm still curious on the question10/02/2014 - 10:49am
KronoSure none of those are reviews, but it is positive exposure, which as illustrated by The Fine Young Capitalists, is pretty damn important for getting people to check out your work.10/02/2014 - 10:32am
Krono@Midnight and of course the article most people mention and insist was no way influenced by him being romantically involved only days later, and her friend beforehand here: http://goo.gl/xCzivK10/02/2014 - 10:29am
Papa MidnightThe term "lovers" might be pushing it given the apparent time frame, but I understand what you're saying. Even if they were friends at the time, then that may present impropiety. However, that calls for a Magic-8-Ball level of speculation.10/02/2014 - 10:26am
Krono@Midnight She was a guest on an RPS show he cohosted here: http://goo.gl/QxljSG10/02/2014 - 10:24am
prh99Personally I'd say her original piece on Bronies was far more ethically questionable. Though for different reasons.10/02/2014 - 10:20am
Krono@Midnight On the Grayson relationship? For starters it depends on how long they were friends before they were lovers. Nathan gave Depression Quest top billing back in this article: http://goo.gl/tqGsnW10/02/2014 - 10:20am
Papa MidnightIf said journalist, however, is placed into a position where they have to write about matters dealing with DICE, then yes, a COI is present and should be declared.10/02/2014 - 10:18am
Papa MidnightHypothetically, if a developer from DICE starts dating a tech journalist from CNN tomorrow, so long as said CNN journalist is not (in)directly involved in any editorial process regarding matters dealing with DICE, there's no need to declare a COI.10/02/2014 - 10:18am
Papa MidnightThere's no need for it. A declaration of a Conflict of Interest is only necessary in the event that the parties may be placed into a situation where the conflict may become a factor.10/02/2014 - 10:16am
Krono@prh99 It was after #gamergate. There was a post on r/games that called out the lack of disclosure.10/02/2014 - 10:12am
Papa MidnightKrono: If the purpose of such was to expose some conflict of interest, I am not sure what the purpose or end objective was. Specifically, said relationship had not produced any works positive or otherwise. Where's the beef?10/02/2014 - 10:09am
prh99I don't know, the update isn't dated. Also, actual attempt at deception or absent mindedness? "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity"10/02/2014 - 10:06am
Krono@prh99 disclosed in an update after #gamergate noticed and called it out.10/02/2014 - 10:04am
Papa MidnightDriving people from their homes. e-Letter bombing (for all practical intents and purposes) advertisers like they're the FCC after a certain Superbowl half-time show to pull advertising from a media outlet for the crime of having an opinion?10/02/2014 - 10:00am
Papa MidnightIt's hard to drape yourself in the glory of your righteous campaign when you're exposing the personal information of a person, and following up with a campaign of harassment (organised or ortherwise). 12 year olds calling your personal cell for Five Guys?10/02/2014 - 9:58am
 

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