eBooks. Thats the worst medium to apply DRM to (in the consumer's eyes). Say I'm a student and I have two options for Topic A, and want to buy JOe Bloggs' Definitve Guide to Topic A:
1) Pay £15 for the paper-back book. With this, I can read it as many times as I wish. I can write on it if I so wish to make notes and indicates points of interest for a later date. Hey, I could even photocopy a page or two to give to my poorer friend or to read later when I don't need to carry around a tome with me.
2) Pay £15 for the eBook. I can now read it until my licence expires, afterwards having to empty my pocket again. I can't write (digitally) on it because oh no, that would be against the licence and/or copyright of the publisher. Can I make a copy of it to put on my laptop or PDA for when I go out? No chance.
On a similar note, we have 2x DVD players in the living room. One is a cheap PROline thing that we bought for £49 in a well-known supermarket. The other is Samsung, and was included in the entertainment thing we got (Wide TV, DVD, cabinet, 5.1 sound, amplifier and so on) which cost altogether over £500. The PROline will play just about anything I throw at it - (S)VCD and DVDs - even my backups. Even those DVDs that the so-called "copy protection" on - not a problem. However, take (for example) my Creature Comforts DVD. Stick it in the Samsung player and there is no way it will get past the first menu. PROline plays it fine. And this is the case for the majority of DVDs we've bought as well, useless.
On the subject of DVDs - the widely mis-used (by the DVD producers) is that they dictate when and where we can use our fast-forward and/or skip buttons. The function isn't used properly (it wouldn't be so bad if it was) but it's used to make us sit through adverts at the beginning!! As if we hadn't paid £7 to see the film at the cinema (with 30mins trailer first), we now pay for adverts included in our DVDs!
Sorry, got fustrated there
This "intellectual property" rights and stuff has a lot to answer for