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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MOS6510 Member since:

I wouldn't call it war, they are not trying to get rid of customers or create all this DRM hassle to annoy users.

To me it does seem they don't really care about their product. Perhaps the creators do, but not the other departments. For example if you make a great movie you want you audience to enjoy it. Other people put these warnings in front of the movie, trailers of other movies. It's annoying enough if you just want to watch the movie, but even worse if you quickly want to jump to a scene to look something up or show it to someone. Or perhaps worst of all the inability to transfer the media to another device.

It either ruins the experience or it at least makes it less enjoyable than it should have been.

If you download a movie you can watch it on any media without all the added annoyance.

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sparkyERTW Member since:

Well said. The thing that aggravates me to know end is picking up a movie on physical media or heading to theater and before the movie plays, I'm forced - literally given no option to bypass - a PSA talking pontificating how wrong it is to pirate movies... a movie I just PAID to watch.

I don't get angry at the producers, directors, cast members (okay, maybe a little angry at the stars that garner double-digit millions in salary for a few months of work where they're treated like gods the whole time); I fully realize it's the studio execs, marketing departments, etc. But it doesn't make it any less reprehensible.

Anyway, back on the topic of software...

The same thing is true in the software world. It's rarely the tech staff that want DRM; it's almost always the distributors/publishers/etc.

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Soulbender Member since:

For example if you make a great movie you want you audience to enjoy it. Other people put these warnings in front of the movie, trailers of other movies.

Reminds me of Lemmy: Go out and steal the album, I dont care. I just want you to hear the fucking songs.

(Somewhat paraphrased, I haven't watched Stage Fright in a while)

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bassbeast Member since:

Yeah try running older games and software on a 64 bit OS, just TRY to do so without piracy...good luck with that! I have been 64 bit since XP X64 came out and i can tell you THANK GOD FOR PIRATES because without them frankly a lot of stuff simply wouldn't work. things have gotten better now for NEWER software but the old stuff? good luck.

Oh and a bit of a warning for those that may not have gone 64 bit yet...DO NOT install older versions of games with Starforce or SecuROM DRM on a 64 bit OS and try to run them without cracking first! if you do they will try to embed 32 bit kernel hooks into your 64 bit kernel and that is B.A.D as your stability will go right down the toilet, I'm telling you the BSODs will be like Win95 all over again! And the best part? their DRM uninstaller DOES NOT WORK on a 64 bit OS! So if you end up like this you had better have a dual boot with another Windows so you can go in and hack the junk out, otherwise its reinstall city.

So I can totally understand why many pirate, i mean if you are gonna have to pay for it and STILL have to crack the stupid thing just to get it to run why pay for it in the first place? I don't know if this will parse but this video (warning: Language NSFW) really nails it, watch as the guy (who has a HUGE gaming collection behind him) can't even get his game to run without cracking it.

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Alfman Member since:


"this video really nails it"

Wow, what a temperament! But really, who of us haven't been in the same predicament? This year I was bitten by rosetta stone DRM, which isn't cheap but it was rendered useless without a crack. It's pathetic that companies think so little of their paying customers that they are willing to put them through this mess. The DRM they force upon us takes away fair use rights that we are legally entitled to (like simply running the software on our machines).

Software retailers (like newegg & staples here) explicitly deny refunds on opened/downloaded software that fails to run, so once you buy it your out the cost of the software whether it works or not.

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