Yeah, I kinda do. I've witnessed enough of the evolution of copy-protection systems to do so even though I personally think companies went for overkill with this digital protection system. It used to be all fun and games, then it went for an arms race between producers and illegal sellers. Now that illegal game selling is mostly gone, people break digital copy-protection just to spite the companies that use it. Go figure.
There is not a single DRM/Copy protection system which hasn't been defeated. None. The only thing they do, is annoy normal customers, the rest will go straight for the cracks; and in the case of unauthorized copies, these come with the cracks already, which ironically make a better product, as long as you forget updates (else the cracks need updating too).
Steam got this right. You make an account, and this account registers which games you purchase; which you can always download or reinstall again, without serials, discs or rootkits; just your account, your games, and a connection to download, of course, with offline mode. Nothing beyond this is acceptable, and *deserves* defeating; after all you *are* the customer, you didn't pay to be treated like a criminal. Or else forget payment for copies and stick to subscription or pay for areas/content models.
I think if you market to a mature audience, then you get mature behavior. If not, then you get what get. You can't have your cake and eat it too.
If our drunken lawmakers see things differently, then we need to vote differently, even if that means not winning -gasp!
Be real, be sober.
It's all a matter of definition. If you think only freeloaders are pirates; then you right. However in my book: everything below €80,- is pirating it as well. You just hurt the company a bit less. Being less of a freeloader is still you being freeloader.
The argument about "but it was allowed to set your price below €80,-" doesn't count since that also includes the option for setting it to €0,-. It should have been a call on moral values; and as seen, almost no one did the right thing.
So, if you purchase something legally, for a legal price, and the seller is extremely happy with the money you paid, that means you're a pirate?
OK, I'm a pirate then, and everyone should be a pirate too.
You do have a point that they should be able to make money with a price of less then €80,-. Then again, charity is involved. That obliges to spend some more on it.