I agree with xAcesx that We are paying primarily for a software license, and to a much lesser extent, the media it comes on. Part of the software is the copy protection. The only way to remove the copy protection is to illegally modify the software (as stated int he EULA). It's a bit extreme, but if we decide that the copy protection on the software we're using is optional, what's to stop us deciding that the copyright is necessary either, after all it's just another clause in the EULA?
Kiya, regarding your "book falling apart" analogy, that is an excelent point! Just as a side-note, some book companies actually produce poor quality glue so that you have to replace the books and they can continue to make sales. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/winkwink.gif" alt="" />