At an absolute minimum, any company selling software that includes any form of DRM restriction should be legally required to have an removal patch built and ready for deployment, BEFORE they are allowed to sell said software. Since all DRM requires that the end user connect to an authorization server in order for the software to function, the software's ability to function is dependant entirely on the authorization servers remaining active and fully operational. As has happened in the past, however, the sudden inoperation of these servers can cause the software to become completely useless to every consumer who purchased it, whether that was a year before the servers went down or an hour before.
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00060
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle