C.S. Lewis: "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences."
Of course it will never be possible to totally prevent anyone from copying the game, however shouldn't be the goal of DRM anyway. All you really need to do is make it more convenient to purchase a legitimate copy than to pirate one. If a company figures out a good way to accomplish that without affecting the actual gameplay then I will have no problem supporting them and buying their products.
What you fail to realize is that it is impossible to achieve your conditions listed above. Compare the following:
No DRM a) Download and install software b) Play
With DRM a) Download and install software b) DRM Check c) Play
Even if step c (DRM Check) is completely transparent to the user, it has still added unnecessary overhead to the computing resources required for the game. This additional overhead will affect your machine by reducing its efficiency (not to mention possibly transmitting data that you would consider confidential or introducing other security flaws into your system--see the Sony Rootkit Fiasco).
If it will never be possible to "totally prevent anyone from copying the game," then why should we accept these very real security risks?
You're a douche. If you really are in a position to check the "inbound logs for the past 30 days" then why did you post anonymously? Why not post your name, your employer, and provide bona fides to distinguish yourself from the general detritus of the internet? If you really have access to the logs, then prove it, otherwise, remove your useless noise from this discussion.
I have been a DJ Shadow fan for many years, so of course I jumped at the chance to get some free content and I downloaded the torrent. Included in the torrent was a file called "SUPPORT_THE_ARTIST.html" Upon opening the file in Firefox, I was taken back to the utorrent.com website where I found that the way to "support the artist" was to download (and install) a copy of Realplayer. I have had several bad experiences with Realplayer in the past, but I was willing to overlook that and go ahead and install the software, just to support DJ Shadow. Next, I clicked the download link. I was greeted with a graphic explaining to me "Sorry. This offer is for PC only." (I am using a MacBook Pro.) Whoever is behind this program isn't really trying to get all of the possible revenue out of this idea. I really hate Realplayer. I certainly don't need it on OS X, but I was still willing to download and install it, just to show my support for DJ Shadow. This is the equivalent of "Here, take my money." "No, we don't want your money." So close, and yet so far.
Nope. I don't think anyone should let them "Let them die a peaceful death..." They would never have done the same for one of their lawsuit targets, so why should anyone afford them such a luxury? Righthaven needs to held up as an example, broadcast far and wide, of the ugly side of copyright abuse. I am all for the "hard reset" regarding copyright discussed in another thread here today. I think that Righthaven needs to be used as much as possible as an illustration of the problems with "shoot first, ask questions later" strategies like the ones currently being proposed in SOPA and PIPA. Mike, please keep following and posting all articles regarding Righthaven, and thanks for the amazing efforts so far.
I cancelled my virtual private server with them today; I will be moving my domains on the 29th. Can anyone recommend a decent registrar who won't bend over and capitulate for Big Content/Big Government?
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