(I just put $5 into my "I will not feed the trolls" jar, so, here goes)
Has HBO ever shown something to which they do not have total control? (I believe the answer is a resounding "no", but feel free to disprove this assertion.) Louis CK maintains control to distribute his way (cheap, online, sans DRM) after an agreed upon contractual window has passed.
Who said it wouldn't be pirated? Of course it will be pirated; anything which is good enough to be shared is pirated and shared. The real shame would be if it was so bad that nobody pirated it. The real question should be: how many of those pirates will become paying customers? (See: Batman, highest grossing && most pirated film) Piracy acts as an enhancer; good things get more money (eg "this is awesome, let's go see it in the theatre!") and piss-poor things get less money (eg "glad I didn't pay to see that piece of shyte!")
DRM-free and "free" are not the same words (duh). Your rather formulaic ad-hom is getting stale and dried-out, not unlike the aforementioned shyte. Please try harder, we expect greater quality from trolls and shills on this site.
Doubtful. If one pays attention, it's obvious they never really bother to hide anything behind more than a thin veneer of civil service.
People simply do not pay attention, or do not care enough to do anything.
Those few who do care are marginalized. The man yelling "this will do nothing!" would be removed by security. Later, he'd be smeared on Fox/CNN as a nutter; a crazy conspiracy theorist who's also a racist and a pedophile.
The average (un)informed person would laugh a little about the loud nutjob and continue on, oblivious to what they see but fail to comprehend.