Having written my fair share of commercial software myself, for other companies. We sold licences to use our stuff. The user pays for licence to use our product (Licence Agreement <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/winkwink.gif" alt="" />), the disc it is on is of no importance, and has nothing to do with the licence. As the licence doesn't degrade in any way, through the passage of time, the customers where concerned that if they became heavily dependant on our products, and we became bankrupt, they would have no support, and cause immense problems for their business.
So you see, the thing you pay for isn't a disc, it's a licence to use the stuff on the disc. And this is more often than not, a lifetime offer of use. However, if companies only want you to use their products for a year or two, the licence should reflect this.
I see your point, and I uderstand the need to elimate piracy, but this isn't the way. Back in the old days, we had manual proections (3rd page, line 2, word 6) which still enabled user to back up their stuff. We have CD keys too. Disc protection isn't the way, and it's unfair to the legitimate users who have a lifetime licence to use the product they bought.
Will no one stand with me on this?? <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/puppyeyes.gif" alt="" />