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Two New Class-Action Suits Against EA Over DRM 336

Posted by Soulskill
from the ea's-chickens-have-come-home-to-roost dept.
In September, we discussed a class-action suit filed against Electronic Arts over the DRM in Spore. Now, two new class-action suits have been filed that target the SecuROM software included in a free trial of the Spore Creature Creator (PDF) and in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage (PDF). If this sort of legal reprisal continues to catch on, EA could be seeing quite a few class-action suits in the future. One of the suits accuses: "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 ... [SecuROM] cannot be completely uninstalled. Once installed it becomes a permanent part of the consumer's software portfolio ... EA's EULA for Spore Creature Creator Free Trial Edition makes utterly no mention of any Technical Protection Measures, DRM technology, or SecuROM whatsoever."
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Two New Class-Action Suits Against EA Over DRM

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 09, 2008 @02:07PM (#25695603)
    I'm never buying anything made by Wil Wheaton again.
  • by schnikies79 (788746) on Sunday November 09, 2008 @02:24PM (#25695723)

    That's fine. When they can't find anyone to prosecute for downloading and have no money, it really doesn't matter what they blame.

  • by syousef (465911) on Sunday November 09, 2008 @03:57PM (#25696517) Journal

    In a hidden clause of a contract (or EULA) it says that you agree to give up your first born child.

    Damn, EA is getting tight on those EULAs. Oh well he was a cute little bugger, but he screams and poops a lot and I REALLY want to play Spore. "Hey honey, where's our son at the moment?" ;-)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 09, 2008 @04:58PM (#25697039)
    Some of us wanted to RTFA.
  • by compro01 (777531) on Sunday November 09, 2008 @05:27PM (#25697273)

    i hope they burn (Score:1, Flamebait)

    How appropriate.

  • by Alsee (515537) on Sunday November 09, 2008 @07:29PM (#25698201) Homepage

    I'm having a little difficulty following those directions. I've always considered myself a bit of a computer geek, but they were a bit complex even for me.

    Ok... so far I've reflashed my BIOS.... extracted my CPU and located the prime numbered pins and alternatingly wired them to ground and +3.5Vdc then reseated the CPU... then I clipped a wire to the motherboard A20 address line and clipped the other end to my corpus callosum just like you explained...

    and that's where I'm stuck. I've still got those electrolytic capacitors shoved up my nose but there are no more free terminals to attach them to on the high voltage winding of the powersupply.

    I tried calling EA tech support asking if there was an easier way to remove this SecuROM crap, but they just gave me the same instructions you did.



  • by Repton (60818) on Sunday November 09, 2008 @07:48PM (#25698347) Homepage

    in run->services.msc, stop and disable the securom service. In the Documents and Settings, in Application Data, delete the SecuROM folder. Delete UAService7.exe from windows\system32. Run "sc delete useraccess7" from the run command on the start menu, or from a command-line prompt. Delete the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SecuROM] from the registry... CONFIG.SYS and remove the line " /ng:43h /b /v". Using a hex editor, open windir\system32\comsvcs.dll and change the byte at offset 0xB32A to 0. Reboot using a linux liveCD, mount your hard drive, and remove the file "userfig.cnf" from C:\System Volume Information. Go to [], locate your CD/DVD drive, and follow the instructions to install the fixed firmware. Tune your television to UHF 2391.512MHz and run it for at least 15 minutes on maximum brightness..

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