"OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spore is awesome BUT I WILL NOT BUY THIS GAME BECAUSE HEAVEN FORBID I HAVE TO CONNECT TO THE INTERNET EVERY 10 DAYS!!!! Never mind the fact that you would almost certainly want to connect to the internet anyway to download the inevitable patches for it. Fine don't buy it. Your loss.
No, it's the company's loss, and that's why companies that use nasty copy protection are being just as dumb as you are.
Let's play a questions-and-answers game, shall we?
Q: Has anyone ever refused to buy a game because of invasive copy protection?
Q: Has anyone ever not been able
to play a game because of invasive copy protection that malfunctioned?
Q: Has invasive copy protection ever made a customer angry at the company, and therefore lessened their opinion of said company and their products?
Q: Has invasive copy protection ever stopped a game from being pirated?
Q: Given these facts, is invasive copy protection a wise move for your business?
A: ____ <- Fill in the blank yourself. Hint: It has two letters.
COPY PROTECTION DOES NOT STOP PIRATES.
It's only purpose is to make money for the people who develop copy protection software.
And before you start slinging insults at me, I'm not a pirate. I'm a game developer with over twenty major releases on my resume.