Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd May 2012 09:51 UTC
In the News "Over half of PC users worldwide have admitted to using pirate software last year, according to a study by the trade group Business Software Alliance. BSA's ninth annual Global Software Piracy Study has shown a sharp increase in software piracy, especially among emerging economies. In the UK, more than one in four programs users installed in 2011 were unlicensed." If people decide en masse not to adhere to a law, said law is worth about as much as the paper it's written on. Laws become functional not because of the Queen's signature, but because the people decide to adhere to it. It's becoming ever clearer that as far as digital goods go, the law is not functional - for better or worse.
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Pirated = without DRM = no issues
by darkixion on Tue 22nd May 2012 10:08 UTC
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Sometimes it's the only way to get the software working. I've had too many issues with DRM, including having software locked out after too many activations (having rebuilt the PC or reinstalled the OS a few times).

These companies wage war against legitimate paying customers, who are the only ones affected by the increasingly problematic DRM. But download an illegal game or film, and you don't get the "activation failed" message, or "failed to verify authenticity", or unskippable warnings at the beginning of every DVD. Instead, only paying customers see those, exactly the people it isn't targeting.

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