DRM is the one defense that creative people have, and Stardock has made a business, in part, out of not using it. Go figure.
Current forms of DRM have proven to be ineffective. The cheaters find ways around it, and the people who do not steal are often hurt by it.
I am not saying that we should not attempt to curb the cheaters somehow - just that we need to find a new way of doing so because the current methods are ineffective.
The solution should be two sided:
-It should diminish the value of obtaining and using the stolen product.
-It should increase the value of using a legitimate product.
I have yet to see such a solution from classic forms of DRM. The first part of the solution is usually nullified by the hackers, and the second part almost never receives attention from the developers.
I think the larger issue is that the current methods of attempting to curb it are ineffective and are even backfiring. We need new methods that are actually effective against illegal copying and provide benefits for legitimate users.
New online platforms are a step in that direction. They provide clear benefits, such as being able to a new legitimate copy of the game should the old copy of the game get damaged. Pirates also provide copies of the game, but with a substantial cost in convenience and risk. This is how the war against piracy should be fought: More convenience for legitimate use, less convenience for illegitimate use.
Checking the internet every ten days is not a step in that direction: Now the user is punished for not connecting to the internet for a long time, and the convenience of obtaining a new legitimate copy is lost.
In addition, a 10 day check does not address the problem of piracy at all: Being disconnected from the Internet for 10 days says nothing about whether the copy of the game is legal or not. It only says that the user has poor access to the Internet. It says nothing about whether the disconnection was intentional, and worse yet even if the disconnection is intentional, it does not imply that criminal activity is taking place.
Military members would be unfairly punished by a 10 day rule. The military of the United States - and I'm guessing most other militaries as well - orders its soldiers to move to new locations frequently. During the move, the soldier(s) (and usually the family as well) must disconnect their computers. This means that the Internet is down during the move, and it can be well over ten days before the soldier(s) can reestablish a new connection at the new location. This would be a case where completely legitimate customers can be punished when there is no wrongdoing involved.
I have gone 100% piracy free on my system. All current software is paid for. I would agree that piracy is a problem. My disagreement is not about the legalities or the ethics; it is only about the effectiveness of current solutions.