LOL - you do make my days shorter !
Ok, very valid points we are entering here - you are right - dependent upon the local host countries laws - deems whether the 'reverse-engineering (and it is that!)' is legal or illegal.
You cannot possibly contest that applying a 'no-cd' patch to a game is not considered IP malformation or reverse engineering? You are deliberatly modifying the original licenced game that you paid for - contained within that licence would be a paragraph that states that you must not modify the game files !
Now, the reason why we are discussing it and saying it is illegal, because in the UK it is... The age old argument of owning a copy entitles you to back-it up are simply not true - and are completely misfounded - many steps have been taken by game designers and publishers in the statute of this law - and they are pushing for a zero-tolerance policy.
Now personally, I believe you should be legally allowed to make a backup for the reasons discussed - but one that only works on your machine - i'm sure this can be easily implemented by the publishers - but probably never thought of, or tried.
The endorsement of applying 'no-cd' patches and modified .exe's in a multi-national forum such as this is pure madness. This forum transcends so many host countries and laws that people could make ill-informed decisions and wind up breaking laws - just because they thought it was ok to do so - and as you well know - Ignorance is no defence in a court of law.
Therefore - I suggest we wrap this up by stating that in most cases and countries it IS illegal to modify the original game by applying a 'no-cd' patch or crack.
I seriously do not want to argue with you - and would be interested in seeing the articles that you refer to.
As for avoiding my company - now come on, why put forward an adult argument, then act like a stroppy kid?
Look forward to conversing with you again, as I said - I enjoy these debates and would be extremely interested in seeing the materials you are referencing for your arguments sake.