The vicious cycle is not between big media and the pirates.
The cycle is between the big media and their customers suffering from battered wife syndrome, such as people like you and the GP/OP.
People like you and the GP keep paying them money, so they can keep on existing, doing what they want to do, and what they want is DRM
If you don't like DRM, simply don't buy it. Do not give them the privilege of your money. Whether you pirate it or not afterward is irrelevant. The bottom line is... the bottom line. Hit them where it hurts.
That pretty much says it all right there. What this really comes down to is a lifestyle change. I'm willing to give up on certain kinds of media if I can't get it on my terms. Plain and simple.