I have bought the game this moring, in fact, I dont think that using the no - cd crack is any worse than making a 1.1 back up, I am keeping the original, the game is installed on my HD, and with the no - cd fix it means that I dont have to keep putting the original disc in (damage etc)
I did the same with UT2004, I would make a 1.1 copy to back up my 'investment' but I am not that advanced on PC's (1 month to be precise) as I have been using Mac's up to this point.
So I think you have the wrong end of the stick my friend!
The only 2 games I own are the 2 purchased this week and I am keeping em!
I hope that clarifies things.