Sekai Project has just announced on their official Kickstarter page for the English release of Key’s visual novel Clannad that they have been able to get permission to release physical copies of the visual novel without any DRM (digital rights management). Previously, there was going to be a CD-check mechanism on the discs. This came about thanks to the opposition of the fans to DRM. Most of VisualArts’ releases contain DRM.
The Kickstarter campaign ended on January 10, 2015 with 5,819 backers pledging an overall total of $541,161 to bring the Clannad visual novel to the English-speaking world. For more information about the Kickstarter project, visit the official page here.