..codified way of remaining afraid..
That's it exactly, all this locking down just shows fear and distrust, not a very helpful climate for creating and exchanging ideas.
But there are still a lot of writers who don't even have their work out as ebooks. The whole drm question has not even arisen for them yet.
I hope all these are just teething problems of a new reality. But having such shortsighted legislations in place sure isn't helping.