Originally Posted by holmes4
There's no reason the shiny box couldn't contain a flash drive that has a holographic-shiny case. The idea is to prevent forgery of the media, not preventing copying of the data.
True that ... but I believe the folks who are determined to pirate software get around all the fancy software gizmos anyway. DRM / Forgery / Copy Protection only frustrates legitimate licensees / end users. I realize M$ loses a substantive amount of money due to piracy, but doesn't every company - software, music label, video, lose as well?
I'm not suggesting companies should just give up, and let folks do whatever they want, but there's line beyond which I think companies shouldn't tread. The Windows Genuine Advantage "update" is an example of line crossing, IMO. Not allowing consumers to make personal backups of music CDs or commercial movie DVDs they purchased for replay on another medium is another example. Thankfully, Apple finally got the hint on DRM recently.
I think software makers can effectively monetize their investment and efforts with their product while conceding some amount of loss due to piracy. Make a good product and enough people will buy it. Just relax and the yachts will come. No need to get all twisted because you can't get the mansion right away!