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ECA on DRM Disclosure & EULAs

Ars Technica outlines some comments they got from Hal Halpin of the Entertainment Consumers Association about a couple of suggestions the consumer-affairs group has made about game packaging to the US Federal Trade Commission (thanks Mike Martinez). One is to standardize the End-User License Agreement (EULA) and the other is to offer disclosure of Digital Rights Management (DRM) on the outside of the game package. The conversation also covers the negative reaction game publishers have had to these suggestions, and discusses the licensing model for games that means your up to $60 purchase does not actually mean you own anything. Here's the outline of what they propose:

"We suggested a few things to the FTC, one of which was we'd like to see DRM disclosed," Halpin started. "So when people go to the store and buy the packaged good, the PC game, they'll see something on the front of the box saying there is DRM inside, and to what degree it will be invasive."

"The second thing that we recommended was that EULAs get standardized, so again, rather than have 30 or 40 types of agreements, there would be one standard one for all different types of computer games. People go into the store, buy the game, open it, and they can no longer return it... by standardizing the EULA, consumers will have the confidence to know what it is they're agreeing to before they buy the product."

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18. Re: ECA on DRM Disclosure & EULAs Mar 31, 2009, 20:38 Warskull
 
but I doubt MoreLuckThanSkill is going to be happy with any kind of DRM

He also has a poor grasp on reality. Clearly labeled DRM and standardized EULAs could go a long way. Especially if the standardized EULA was written to be more fair to consumers (which current EULAs most certainly aren't.)
 
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