Forecasting the Consumer's Rights in Digital Rights Management

Marken Details the State of the DRM Battle and Winners at San Diego Computer Conference This Weekend

Irvine, CA (July 10, 2007) - Andy Marken, president of Marken Communications

will open the 14th Southwest User Group Conference Saturday morning with a discussion
of the on -going issues surrounding movie Digital Rights Management (DRM) and
will give his insights on the probable outcome. The conference is being held
July 13 -15 at the San Diego Town & Country Resort & Convention Center.

Open to anyone interested in sharing ideas, experiences and finding out more
about using their computers for home and business, the annual event is designed
to help user group officers and members gain information and assistance in making
their local organizations programs and activities more useful to new and long -time
computer users. Officers and interested computer users from throughout California,
Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas will be attending the conference.

During his presentation entitled DRM How Will The Show End?, the 20 -year veteran
of the content production and storage industry will explain how the recent content
protection hacks and press coverage will probably benefit consumers in the long -term
and in a far different manner than the hackers anticipated.

In addition, the two days of educational and informational programs will include
practical application how -to sessions:
- Using Skype services
- Contrasting, comparing Macs, PCs
- Tricks on getting the most from your photos, video
- Using a flash drive for mobile computing
- Future trends in removable, portable storage
- Changing face of identity theft
- Better digital photography
- Understanding, getting ready for Vista
- Digital photo albums

Industry leaders including AMD, Pinnacle Systems, Corel, Microsoft, Trend Micro,
Verbatim, Migo and other firms will be on hand during the event to demonstrate
and discuss some of the newest hardware, software and services to attendees.
A special vendor faire will be held late Saturday afternoon culminated by product

Cost for attending the Conference will be $75. Complete information on the program,
activities and registration information is available at .


Editors Note: Members of the press interested in attending any of the sessions
at no cost are encouraged to contact Patricia Hill at .

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