Have a look at this:
One of the biggest names in the entire computer industry just renounced the concept of software authentication, to thunderous applause and cheering. Even more amazingly, that name is Sony, one of the most infamous past offenders in that area.
Everywhere we look, DRM is dying. People are starting to realize what it is, how it works, and how it violates their rights and devalues their property, and they’re not standing for it any longer, as Disney exec Peter Lee predicted almost a decade ago. The concept has already been completely defunct in the music industry for years now, and the rest of the digital world is slowly starting to catch up. The recent issues regarding the legality of cellphone unlocking have brought DRM to the public eye, and Congress is starting to listen.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that those still supporting the concept are losing. Ironically, it was Apple who first brought the rejection of DRM into the mainstream when they stopped using it for music on iTunes, but now as they persist in clinging to it to lock down iOS devices, they’re hemorrhaging market share to the more open Android platform. And Microsoft, whose stubborn attempts to cling to and further expand lock-in control over the XBox ecosystem prompted gamers to petition Sony to do exactly what they just did, is going to face stiff competition in the next generation of the console wars, not only from the PS4 but from the (again, Android-based) OUYA platform. It may not have the hardware power to go head-to-head with the XBox One for AAA titles, but its much more open, friendly development process is likely to pull the rug out from under XBox Live Arcade’s feet on the indie side of things!
But Embarcadero is being just as stubbornly unreasonable in the face of reality as Microsoft. Look around the Internet, and you’ll see people using the term “DRM-free” as an advertised feature of new software. That’s the world in which we’re living today, but for some inexplicable reason, RAD Studio still has activation built in. All that does is give people one more reason to pirate Delphi instead of buying it. If someone wants to get a pirated copy, they will, DRM or no DRM. Making things harder on legitimate users does nothing to convince them not to get a pirated copy.
Embarcadero, you’re on the wrong side of history. Please get off of it, for all our sakes.