I agree that you have a right to be annoyed, I'm annoyed and inconvenienced too. I hate not being able to back up my CD's etc. I don't agree that protection schemes are ineffective against pirates. I'll grant they are not 100% effective, that much is obvious to most folks but nothing is going to be very effective until the mindset on it being cool to pirate is changed. That's where you come into the picture as you interact with your peers. Do the right thing, encourage others to do the same. Lead by example.
Bottom line: No pirates = no software protection.
Me telling off my peers for piracy is not going to do anything: people generally do not like being preached to. Hopefully they will come around and realise that it is not the thing to do by themselves... indeed people usually do. It's none of my business what others choose to do and frankly I have better fights to fight than software piracy (sexism, racism, homophobia, classism... take your pick, they're all far more important). I do my bit by buying games and I explicitly say that I do not pirate software when the subject comes up and that's where my responsibilities end.