It's shameful that there are some (pirates) who would take advantage of the intangible nature of software. However, it's also shameful that companies could have the brashness to limit consumers' accessibility to a product that they purchased. It's been shown that the DRM programs placed on these products don't stop piracy, so why is it there? My guess is that it's there for the sake of the companies and their shareholders. It's a false safety blanket that they can cling to and try to reassure themselves that they are doing "everything" they can to stop their product from being stolen. What they are really doing is stealing the money of the honest consumers who choose to support the companies by buying the product, only to have there faces spit in when they are told how much they can use their newly purchased product. It would be interesting to know how many consumers are driven to piracy because they are insulted by these companies who would presume to tell them how to use a product.
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00501
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle