EA hit with lawsuit due to Spore DRM

By Mel

Electronic Arts’ problems with Spore just keeps worsening.

After the big uproar over the DRM installed with the game. Spore came with a SecuROM digital rights management software that limited the game install to just three computers before being locked. Because of the negative criticism, EA recently increased the number of installs to five PCs.

But one problem still remained. That is, the SecuROM, once installed, cannot be removed. This has led to accusations that it constitutes malware or spyware.

Now, EA has to contend with legal woes because of its policy. A class action suit was recently filed at the North District of California Court. The suit claims that EA has violated the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act as well as the Unfair Competition Law by failing to inform the buyers of Spore that installing the game will also install a copy of SecuROM.

EA has not yet issued a statement about the class action suit. But this could potentially hurt EA because Spore is a bestseller and if EA loses, it will have to pay off so many consumers.

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