EA DRM Lawsuit Count Increases 200%

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Wildebeast

I don't know why they don't just keep track of un-installations.   [Can you hear me, Microsoft???]

They already have registration built into the installation package --it seems a logical extension, to me.

DRM is all about pointing the finger at people over piracy.  I absolutely love that the publishers are being sued now.  It's "a taste of their own medicine."

I seriously wonder how many copies true pirates crank out, for every legal copy that gives it's owner problems on their computer.

I agree with Quinn Norton in the Holiday issue... they are driving customers to piracy, because it's easier & just works better.

 

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jcollins

Ideally it would work that way.  The reality is that there are a of lot of different DRM's, all with various versions, some of which may or may not track the number of installations correctly.  You uninstall and kill some other game/software, you get blamed and have to deal with tech support.  You don't uninstall, you don't get blamed and have to deal with customer support.

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Darth Ninja

I think we may have a spam-robot on here ^ 

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Digital-Storm

If you have a problem with the way they practice protecting there own software, make your own software. They do not have to display "Has DRM." It is their software to do as they please.

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DePat

The consumer has the right to know what he/she is purchasing. The vendor should disclose the effect of its products (this will include the effect of DRM schemes on your computer). If they are not disclosed the vendor practices are deemed unfair and the vendor is subject to lawsuits. By the way, who in his/her right mind will buy a product saying the following:

"By installing this product, you acknowledge that after installing our product, your computer might no longer operate as it does right now. You also acknowledge that your understand that your computer might no longer read and/or write any other multimedia files or any other file you may have on any other medium. As a matter of fact, with time, your computer might not even read and write the specific product you just purchased from us. You agreed to hold us harmless from any or all problems the installation of our product creates. Good Luck"

Who knows? maybe you will.

DePat

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Tekzel

You couldn't be more wrong.  They are allowed to put whatever they want in the program, since it is their software, but they MUST disclose stuff like that to the consumer.  If I buy a program, I have a right to be fully informed as to what that program does to my computer.  When that program installs malware, as all EA games apparently do, I have a right to know so I can choose to not buy it.  As I do.

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Keith E. Whisman

Actually they do have to inform you of potentially harmful software they install with their games. As I said I lost two dvd burners. It was StarForce. So they do have to let you know of software that installs with their games and stays resident even after the game is uninstalled. They are pretty much installing a virus in your computer. It's made ok if you are given notice of this in the Eula and can decide not to install the companies game/App but if it aint listed in the eula and you are not warned of it it is not unual to expect to be able to uninstall a companies software but if that company installs software that can't be uninstalled and is seperate from it's app or game then it's a virus. I say go ahead and sue. Hopefully a legal precident can be made and studios held liable.

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Keith E. Whisman

Hey I lost two dvd burners to StarForce so yes DRM sucks buck twinkies. 

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I quit playin SRO cuz of these things

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