A cracked copy is always going to more be useful. A player that does things it's not allowed to, is always going to be more useful than one that does not. The so-called copy-protection schemes don't do any thing of the sort and never did. All they do is reduce the usefulness of "legitimate paid for copies".
Even if you actually did pay for it, it's still more useful to strip the DRM yourself or have someone else do it for you.
That's even assuming that the work in question is being made available.