There aren't that many DRM vendors around, I think it's important that this is discussed, that users see that their favorite Game/Company falls into the DRM encumbered corner and that these vendors see that their behavior is controversial at best.
Firstly, I would like to thank you for answering my question somewhat satisfactorily, though I would've liked the broader view, where you would take this after you managed to dissuade Stardock from distributing GOO to publishers.
That aside, Stardock has always used a form of DRM (online activation for updates) and unfortunately for you the Brad Wardell that you seem to think once wanted to destroy DRM in all forms never existed. Brad likes getting paid. Everyone likes getting paid. I like paying the people who make good things for letting me use them. That means that I like paying Brad and Co. (as long as I get something out of it, sorry Brad no handouts from me). Stardock includes no copy protection on their disks. If you want to copy a Stardock disk, go ahead. There's not check to see if the disk is authentic. There's no limited online activations. However, you do need to activate online to get updates, which happen to be rather substantial, to the delight of many who areused to little-to-no after release support on a game.
To be totally honest, I wish things were the way you say they should be, that we wouldn't have to have the disk in the drive to play games, that there would be no online activation. However, I know that things aren't that way. I also know that no matter how vehemently or articulately you make your case here on the Stardock forums AGAINST their new DRM, it won't make a difference. Someone has said you should "write your senator",and that might be a better way to attempt to get something changed, but only if other people joined you. If you could bring together a large enough portion of people, get them all to write their senators, something would eventually get done, but I digress. The point is the way to change copyright law isn't here on these forums. I don't know how anyone would or should go about doing that. The point is that, if you'll excuse my use of an old favorite phrase of mine, you're barking up the wrong tree. I'm sure you can find kindred spirits here, and elsewhere, but this is perhaps not the best venue to air your concerns in. If you are determined, then by no means take this post to mean that you should stop and go away, I just want you to know that you have little to no chance of changing anything here.
Also, in the future, when someone starts throwing insults your way, it will help your case if you don't lower yourself to their level, more people will be willing to listen to your arguments.
Thanks for reading, I hope it helps. (And everyone else, if you read this whole wall of text then all I can say is I am impressed.)