Can software be protected from piracy?

Why does it seem so easy to pirate today?

It just seems a little hard to believe that with all of our technological advances and the billions of dollars spent on engineering the most unbelievable and mind-blowing software, we still have no other means of protecting against piracy than a “serial number/activation key.” I’m sure a ton of money, maybe even billions, went into creating Windows 7 or Office and even Snow Leopard, yet I can get it for free in less than 20 minutes. Same for all of Adobe’s products, which are probably the easiest.

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Story added 17. March 2014, content source with full text you can find at link above.