More Stupid Copy Protection That Does Nothing But Piss Off Legitimate Users

from the why-oh-why-do-companies-think-this-is-necessary? dept

This certainly isn't a new or unique story, but Broadband Reports has yet another story about ridiculous and pointless copy protection. The copy protection scheme, called Starforce, appears to be mainly used for protecting certain PC games from being copied. Of course, like so many copy protection schemes it does this by assuming all legitimate customers are criminals. Not only that, but it installs itself without letting you know (not even in the EULA), hides itself on your PC, slows down the PC, causes all sorts of other problems and errors, and is nearly impossible to remove -- even after the protected application has been removed. In other words, it's just as bad as some adware/spyware out there -- except that it's screwing things up for legitimate customers who actually went out and bought the games in question. As the article points out, every one of those games is available in a cracked version online, so this "copy protection" scheme doesn't actually prevent copies. It only serves to anger legitimate customers. Why is anyone using this product on their software?
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    desmochikNZ, 1 Mar 2009 @ 12:29pm

    Re: Devil's Advocate

    Thing is, in a lot of cases it's money they never would have gotten in the first place. I know that as far as I, and most of my friends go, when we do download games, movies etc, for free, it's not instead of buying them, or going to the movies, (never seen the point of buying a movie, seen it once, that's enough!) Usually we just wait to watch it on telly, or if a friend rents the video/dvd.
    While games, although I try a lot of different ones, it's out of boredom on a rainy day, again I would never buy one, I would just find something else to do.
    (& as far as going to the movies, haven't been since I was a teenager, and then it wasn't to watch the film!!! Nowadays I just fall asleep 1/2 way through, so I don't bother going!)
    So the way I see it I'm not taking anything from anyone, as I would not have bought a copy in the first place!
    Having said that, it does piss me off when I can't make copies of my cds, for the car, as they get ruined very quickly if played in the car cd changer (I live up a bumpy dirt road!!) hate to pay $30 ++ and have it f*** out in a couple of weeks!!!

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