DRM: Just another virus?

According to The Register, the new Beastie Boys CD installs a DRM tool on to your PC (except in the US and UK) to prevent the CD from being ripped. Interestingly enough, The Register contends that since the software is installed without the user’s explicit permission then it is no different than spyware, malware, or a virus. This would essentially mean that it violates most anti-hacking and anti-spyware laws.