Oh will you people KNOCK IT OFF about DRM, jesus!
For starters, Securom does NOTHING. The publishers are not stupid. They know it doesn't do anything, but they are forced to include protection due to idiot shareholders.
It seems all I ever see on here anymore is DRM crap. Give it a rest. DRM does NOTHING. It's pointless. All it takes is one enterprising individual to crack it and VOILA! That's it, all over. That is why Spore was cracked and on the net before it was even released in some markets.
And you're description of Starforce is woefully inadequate. That's like blowing someones head off and reporting "minor bleeding". I know MULTIPLE people whose systems were damaged by Starforce, my own included. The driver came in via a demo, and from then on when I burned a CD, it wouldn't verify, throwing up tons of errors. I figured it was a bad batch of disks and threw the failures away. It was only when I first heard about Starforce that I realised what the problem may be, and started checking disks on another computer, and found they were fine.
Of course that didn't compensate me for the $25 of blank media I threw away assuming it was bad. (And before anyone leaps to their defence saying perhaps it was a bad drive, this was on multiple burners, including a brand new one.)
I removed the drivers and still had the problem, for over a year. Ultimately I discovered that the changes Starforce makes and the problems it causes are NOT rectified by simply removing the drivers. To "reset" your drive chain back to normal, you have to go into the device manager and remove all IDE devices and let Windows reinitialise them. Only then is the damage that was caused fixed. I did that, and all of a sudden I could burn CD's again correctly.
But I got lucky. My friend actually lost his DVD drive to Starforce. The problem it caused ultimately damaged the drive.
Only DRM I trust is Steam. It's right there, it doesn't hide anything etc...
The likes of EA, it's at the point now where I feel I may as well pirate everything given the lack of respect EA, Ubisoft etc... show us. Treat someone like a criminal long enough, eventually they'll become one.