Originally Posted by hrosvit
They are also driven by money, and ficbot is right; given the choice between spending $15 and then breaking the law, or spending $0 and then breaking the law, many will choose the cheaper route.
Though it would also depend on the penalty for breaking the DRM removal law vs. the penalty of breaking an anti-piracy law.
Of course, the the penalty would also depend on the likelihood of getting caught.
(edit: as Catlady pointed out while I was typing.)
Unless you take somewhat arcane measures to protect yourself, folks out on the interwebs are likely to know if you download illegally.
No one is likely to know what python scripts you run against a legally obtained file on your local machine. Except the ELINT guys in the black helicopters, of course.
On the flip side, the most likely scenario is that nothing will change. The vast majority of folks will simply obey they law, enjoying the convenience of pushing the Buy button on their Kindle or Nook, and never give a thought to format- or space-shifting, and the subculture that does otherwise will continue to do otherwise.