Daily Archives: March 21, 2006

Starforce DRM is NASTY.

From CD Freaks, as seen on Neowin:

…[T]he anti-piracy system that Starforce is using installs a driver that runs at the highest level of access on the system…[T]his driver runs all the time, regardless of whether or not you are playing a game that used Starforce’s DRM…[I]f the Starforce driver thinks it has detected suspicious activity relating to disc copying the driver will instantly reboot your computer without any notification.

If this software wasn’t under the guise of “digital ‘rights’ management” (more like digital restrictions management), it would probably be classified as a trojan horse. Put another way, if I wrote this software, I’d face prosecution under various laws (including the “Patriot” Act). This kind of vigilante PC policing is nothing short of ridiculous, and does nothing but harm legitimate consumers. Companies used to dissuade people from piracy by letting them know that buying genuine copies of the software would help ensure their safety, as copies from unauthorized sources could be loaded with viruses and other malware. These days, it seems as if the opposite is true. Where companies got the idea of infecting their legitimate customers’ PCs with harmful software is totally beyond me.

It’s times like these where we must take full advantage of the power of the free market. Check out this list of Starforce-infected games and be sure not to buy them, regardless of how good they might be.