Quoting Stant123, reply 2DRM (like all laws) only hurts the law abiding.
I'm no DRM fan, but ...Huh?
1) DRM is not a law.
2) How do laws against against murder, thievery, the exploitation of children, selling poisoned food, etc. "only hurt the law-abiding"?
You may have had a sound point behind your reasoning, but that statement is kind of out there.
The statement isn't out there, just your understanding of it, that's why you're the only one who doesn't get it. But if you want, I'll spell it out for you like you were a 2 year old. But first, the flaws in your statements!
1) I never said it was, if I did you would have seen commas, not parenthesis. Read them as two separate, but equally valid statements. DRM itself isn't a law, but bypassing it intentionally is illegal because you're bypassing the method they chose to protect their product, and by extension their profits. Make no mistake, it's all about money. Free software still comes with an EULA protecting the intellectual rights of the software's creator and releasing them from liability if you suffer any damage from their software, however, there's no DRM because there's no money being lost if it's passed around or installed 10,000 times.
2) It's easy to make a counter statement when you only point out crimes and don't put them into context with a situation. Murder is completely subjective, I can't kill you unless my country is pissed off at yours and we're shooting at each other then it's perfectly okay. In some places, simply not liking you is good enough of a reason to kill you and those in power wouldn't care, thus making it not illegal. Thievery is illegal unless you're a politician or a corporation who can afford to own a politician, or a starving person in a Muslim based society and you're stealing food. Children are exploited before they're even born by way of baby showers, and after their born by making them do chores (work) many times without being reimbursed for it. Paperboys of times past made pennies on the dollar compared to news companies that hired them to distribute their goods. Farmers often use their children to run equipment, but I don't see anyone rushing in to stop the long work hours. Photographers make a killing off exploiting children. So does Disney every day if you care to know. Selling poisoned food isn't illegal so that part of your statement is just stupid. Every piece of food you buy that isn't labeled as organic is poisoned. Every piece of preserved or processed food or drink you consume is poisoned. If someone dies from eating something, a company can be sued for wrongful death, not murder because selling poisoned food is NOT illegal.
Now to spell it out like you're a two year old...
Take a law like gun control for example. If I want to buy a gun legally, I have to purchase it, but before the seller can give it to me, I have to go on a waiting list and have my background checked at my own expense, if I clear that, then I get to own my gun. But wait, there's more. Before I can leave the store with it, I have to register it. Just because the seller is allowed to sell it, does not mean it's legal to own it, so even then, I may not be able to keep the gun even though I've already paid for it. Supposing I can own it where I live, that's not all. I need a permit to carry it just to even get it home. More time and money lost... Yet that little drug dealer that threatened my life walks down the street picks one up for $40 and shoots me when I'm leaving for work the nest morning. Laws only hurt the law abiding.
You know what, that may be too advanced for you, let me dumb it down some more.
You need to get to the car before your brover does to get the good seat, but mommy and daddy said you can't walk on the grass. Poor wittle yous, you have to walk all da way down to da sidewalk and over to da dwiveway and back up to da big scary vroom vroom. But your brover, he jus wuns acwoss the gwass anyway and climbs in and takes da good seat. Poor wittle yous obeyed da laws and you got swewed anyway. Aww, shucks.
It was actually 10 times harder to write in baby talk. That's so stupid... Hahaha. I'm such an ass. =P
Okay, all previous two year old joking aside, laws really do only hurt the law abiding. Just take a moment to think of a law. Disregard the punishment since we're not talking about that. Give yourself a need that would make you consider breaking the law, and walk yourself through the process both ways, obeying the law, and completely blowing it off. Ignore the punishment because we're not saying anything about being caught or not. You always end up better if you blow off the law. And I'm not saying imagine yourself as a child porn producer or anything morally sick like that, but things like murder. If you kill someone, you are a murderer. What if some dude kicked in your front door and tried to murder your family (assuming you love your family). Would you shoot and kill him to protect your family or would you rather become a statistic. Murder is illegal, yet, you'd still do it, you'd even be labeled as a hero who shot and killed a homicidal intruder, yet, you killed someone, so really you're just a murderer yourself, but who cares, you're a hero right?
How about running a red light. That's illegal. It's 3am, not a sole is on the road, emergency services are tied up at the town next to yours because a tornado shredded the place, your wife is in the back seat giving birth to your child, but it's coming out feet first which means there's a high probability the umbilical cord is wrapped around it's neck and it's going to die of strangulation in the next minute or two. You know this which is why you decided to drive rather then wait for paramedics who might take 30 minutes or more to just even arrive. Do you wait the 30 seconds for it to complete it's cycle or do you just say fuck it and floor it? Personally, I'm red lining that engine and surpassing 100 because I can. I'm speeding by the way which is also illegal, but who gives a shit, my not quite newborn yet kid is dying. You being law abiding, you wait at the light, you drive the speed limit, your baby dies. I'm sorry for your loss.
DRM... Oh scary DRM. It only affects those who don't actively disregard it. I 'could' be like other people and force myself to maintain a persistent online connection with a company's server to play a single player game. I'd have to deal with server down time, internet outages, and not be able to enjoy playing a game on my laptop while riding the train between San Diego and San Francisco, or the jet ride from New York to Paris. OR! I could just download the hacker patch that cuts that shit out of the game and let's me play my game where ever and whenever I want. I could register my game and be forced to only install it 6 times, or I could download the hacker patch that installs the game and bypasses the register step thus maintaining my install count. DRM only hurts those who abide by it.