95% of music downloads are illegal, and yet the Music Industry is doing just fine. Plus, the DRM software companies have been using recently, securom in particular, is ridiculous. You couldn't put SecuRom's restrictions on a Pizza, or a book, or a Car, so why are companies allowed to do this with their software? I'm afraid to buy PC games legally, as their DRM can do anything from locking the game to installing trojans or rootkits on my computer(without asking me) to make sure I don't do anything they don't want me to. At least with pirated software, all the DRM has been removed. It's sad really that we've allowed retail software to become more dangerous than pirated downloads.
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I have a fair amount of pirated tv shows and movies on my laptop, but they tend to be "abandonware" that you can't even find in movie rental places, or shows that I could watch for free online if I lived in other countries.
That's generally what me and Dontar have. Old games you can only find on Amazon or craigslist(if at all) in which their sale will never benefit the developer ever again. Then there are newer games, in which the DRM scares me more than the prospect of viruses from a pirated download.
DShiznit, I was actually talking to an Indie game dev last night (Jeff from Wolfire Games, for the record) who was bashing on DRM as much as the rest of us, and has guaranteed he won't be using it on his game.
I STRONGLY suggest preordering Overgrowth from them to support it's development, though it's a bummer that their preorder pack with the Natural Selection 2 guys just ended.
The fact of the matter is DRM does not and never has completely prevented piracy. Everything get's cracked and pirated, even Valve's steam games. There's simply nothing DRM can do but hinder it's users.
Valve's DRM is alright. It prevents the casual sharing of their software(which is the most DRM can do), without hindering the user too much.
It can't be, which is why piracy is a matter of copyright infringement, not theft.
There's simply nothing DRM can do but hinder it's users. [...] Valve's DRM is alright. It prevents the casual sharing of their software(which is the most DRM can do)
I feel you're contradicting yourself a bit there. I agree with your second sentiment; if the DRM is transparent to paying customers, then fine. If it's shoddily implemented, then that's a case of bad software, and does not indicate that DRM itself is a bad thing.
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