There is a growing number of software and devices utilizing Digital Rights/Restrictions Management, most importantly is the recent release of Microsoft Windows Vista, plagued with what I call DRM hell. I understand that they are trying to keep the interests of certain parties at state, most commonly the Entertainment Industry.
But the issue about DRM is a complicated issue and even the Bill Gates, head of one of the biggest proponents behind DRM even says so. At the moment, the issue about managing the vested interests of the Entertainment Industry and consumers hasn't been found. But many consumers are quickly accepting DRM into their life without realizing its existence.
A prime example is the various region coding that DVDs employ. Basically an original DVD purchased in Asia would not work in a French DVD player. A more recent example is the Apple iTunes Music Store and Microsoft Zune, which both employ a restrictive feature to the songs such that they could not be distributed. Though it does seem logical at first to protect the vested interests and assets of the Entertainment Industry.
But what happens if you want to use some of these, for simple things. Like a popular song for a multimedia homework assignment? You're simply not allowed to, and thus unable to finish your work, and explore your potential. Traditionally this was allowed under "fair use", but the Industry does not trust you anymore.
One company, that has become so ingrained into our daily life doesn't even trust you anymore. Even though you have become dependent on it so much, (legally or illegally) it simply does not trust you. It is letting a bunch of bad apples spoil the bunch.
An organization I respect, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting these important issues, which are generally shoved to the side and ignored.
For starters you may want to get acquainted with the idea of Trusted Computing.
Though you may raise arguments, and throw fits, and even go down long winded conversations/debates in opposition of DRM and Trusted Computing. That isn't the only option.
The other option is the adoption of the Creative Commons Licenses, to allow others to build off your work.
Sadly, I don't think this post helped to ease the complicated issue of DRM...