Hope, as Courts Hit the (Lex)mark
A prime example of this has been Lexmark's case against Static Control Components. As reported a couple of years ago, things looked rather bleak for SCC as Lexmark pursued litigation instead of challenging themselves to create a better business model. And when laws such as the DMCA place a vicious pitbull on the side of proprietary coders, one can only expect the beast to be unleashed.
However, even the most ferocious of canines apparently can't withstand an educated 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals. Yes, the dog was recently sentenced to sleep setting a precedent hopefully curtailing future negligent lawsuits. In this case, the time-honored tradition of reverse-engineering was upheld allowing for innovation and competition to reign.
Perhaps awareness of such DMCA-related issues is actually increasing within the arena of law thanks in part to individuals seemingly more interested in questioning unjust laws whilst pursuing what they love passionately, rather than simply cashing in on their credentials in any way possible. The question still lingers...
What if no one went after the girl?