Guess what else the studies show, all else being equal, adding a RLC to an intersection increases the number of accidents and injuries
Point to any study that shows this for which the increase in accidents and injuries cannot be attributed to other variables (such as the city reducing the yellow light timing, thus actively trying to use the RLC as a money-making scheme).
Otherwise, yeah... I agree with what you are saying.
I would argue that although I agree with some of your conclusions, I would disagree that the customer gains nothing by paying for a digital work.
What a person gains by paying for digital content is trust... trust from the publisher that their interests will continue to be respected in the future, and in so doing, provide some incentive to the publisher to continue to provide publications that can continue to enrich society. Copyright is supposed to be a trade... the publisher is supposed to get something, and the public is supposed to get something. DRM is not a trade at all... it's the publisher invoking self-censorship so that instead of permitting society to be enriched by the works that they make, instead only a few actually may benefit, because the publisher has placed arbitrary restrictions on the manner in which the work may be used.
Now to some people, the trust that they might gain by paying for the work may not be worth what is being charged for the work... but really, that is an entirely subjective evaluation, and it's unfair to suggest matter-of-factually that a person always gains absolutely nothing by paying for such works.
As I said, however, your conclusion is one I can definitely sympathize with... certainly with the presence of DRM, a customer is *always* better served pirating the information... and I would only argue that this might be a ubiquitous truth about digital content only to the same extent that DRM itself is quite universally used by publishers (which with most works these days, it unfortunately seems to be).