Wednesday, November 12, 2008

EA Hit with Two More DRM Lawsuits

A consumer in Pennsylvania and another in Missouri are suing EA for the alleged inclusion of SecuROM in their PC titles.

by David Radd on Monday, November 10, 2008

EA Hit with Two More DRM Lawsuits

GamePolitics is reporting that two more DRM related lawsuits were levied against EA in late October. This is in addition to a class-action lawsuit filed against the company in late September.

Richard Eldridge of Pennsylvania alleges that the Spore Creature Creator Trial Edition installed SecuROM on his system. "The inclusion of undisclosed, secretly installed DRM protection measures with a program that was freely distributed constitutes a major violation of computer owners' absolute right to control what does and what does not get loaded onto their computers, and how their computers shall be used," reads the suit by Eldridge. "EA's EULA for Spore Creature Creator Free Trial Edition makes utterly no mention of any Technical Protection Measures, DRM technology, or SecuROM whatsoever."

The second case was filed by Dianna Cortez of Missouri, who is suing EA for "immoral, unethical, [and] oppressive" conduct and "unfair business practices," for the inclusion of SecuROM in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage. "After installing Bon Voyage, Ms. Cortez began having problems with her computer," reads the suit by Cortez. "She had previously made backup Sims 2 game content on CDs, but her computer's disc drive would no longer recognize that content, reporting the CDs as empty. She could not access files that were saved on her USB flash drive or iPod, either."

via GameDaily

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