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42. Re: Steam From Dust Refunds Aug 24, 2011, 16:21 jdreyer
Have there been any statistically significant studies done on how well/what kind of DRM affects piracy rates and sales, both negatively (by turning off potential buyers) and positively (by converting an illegal download into a sale)?

There must be. I can't imagine companies spending the time/money/effort building DRM systems unless they expected to recoop the costs. Has anyone seen a CBA? The costs for DRM, especially online DRM with it's constantly online servers, have pretty big upfront and maintenance costs in personnel, hardware, and other resources.
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