At first, i never had a problem with bought protected games. They all work fine with me.
I do think you are right when you say that putting on the protection is a bunch off crap.
It's just another way for a company to screw the gaming industry. Because the protections don't even work all that great. Can still be cracked.
When i first started playing pc games i must admid that i downloaded a couple of games myself.
But that didn't take long before i wanted to playBF2 on ranked servers so i bought it. The same with all the Simbin race games. I like them so much that i wanted to buy the originals instead of playing the downloaded ones and having troubles all the time.
I always look at it this way. If you have a store without any employees and people have the choice to pay for there groceries. You will always have the people who pay for there stuff and the ones who take it and leave without paying.
For a while back we had a problem here in the Netherlands with people stealing gas/fuel at the gas stations. They just filled up there tanks and drove away.
The police could not do anything about it, because they said that the gas stations were basicly asking for people to steal it because the fuel was for the taking. Now they changed the law so the can do something about it.
Here in the Netherlands internet piracy is not really a crime.
The law simply says privacy stands above piracy. This goes for the internet.
The providers don't have to give any information about the identity of there costumers. So the chance you will get punished here is very minimal.