I used to work for a large gaming site, hence my opinions based on that and being a gamer, of course.
1: You all need to get out more. This is such a non issue. We used to do it all the time. FEW to no readme.txt files in a magazine gaming CD actually have a do not distribute statement. Rarely, the demos are pulled from websites as a courtesy only to the publisher asking for it. They know it will get out there, they also know tons of people will buy the magazine because they are on dial up or just your average pc user, unlike the readers here who are more hard core. ANYTHING else said on this matter is pointless, uninformed opinion.
2: This thread shows why so many gaming sites go down the tubes (sites you all SEEM to care about) This thread reads like an average house with a couple of pre teen kids in it fighting and arguing over something so stupid, rather then discussing the obvious or just keeping your mouth shut with nothing worthwhile to add... Imagine your in business and wanted to advertise on some websites. Now read this thread. Do the math. Gee, where have all the gaming sites gone...
P.S As for the anonymous debate, thats almost sadder, I didnt register because I rarely get involved in these childish debates.