"Therefore, you, the consumer lost the right to make backups of software, DVDs, etc. That you OWN."
Actually, by buying DVD's, CD-ROMs etc., you are only paying for a license to use that one DVD, CD-ROM etc., you don't actually own it. So, making a copy is like stealing a copy. Making a backup as insurance againt any possible damage that may happen to the disc, or to play in a different format comes under fair use, however, even tho there's many of us that do make a copy for those purposes, the vast majority of people making copies are doing it for illegal purposes, losing a lot of money for film/record/software companies, eventually driving up prices for the consumer.
So although the new protections may be a pain in the butt for those of us just putting our (slightly unofficial) rights to fair use to good use, we're essentially better off, and if you're unable to do something as simple as take proper care of your digital media discs, then that's just to bad.
I do agree that the punishments for piracy are out of control, and something definitely has to be done before they can be allowed to get any worse.This comment was edited on Aug 9, 23:04.