to be fair there are already copies of the game out there so its not really doing much good
Let me see if I can follow your logic, here...
Since people were murdered yesterday, and many times in the past...it's okay to murder someone today because murder has already been done before...
The guy in line in front of me stole a candybar from the rack. Since he's already stollen one, it's okay for me to steal one two. In fact, since he stole one before, we could all steal one now, since a candybar has already been stollen before...
they can copy protect themselves but if it goes as far as scanning my computer for software it doesn't like that is going too far
The use of emulators and copies of software is not strictly limited to lazy fks who can't put a disc in a drive or keep themselves minimally organized. The software makers are not concerned about the lazy few, they're concerned about the fact that copies and the emulators that support the copies, not only violate the copyrights and EULAs, but rob them of profits by allowing people to steal their software and use it without paying for it.
As far as they are concerned, if you are running software that easily allows you to run a copy of their software, you have a high probability of either being a software pirate, or becoming one.
The software company has every right to protect itself in this way. If they pyss-off a few lazy people in the process, I don't think they'll shed to many tears over it.
What would you rather they do? Ask you not to make copies of their software or partake in software piracy? Read the EULA...The polite stuff is already in there.