DRM in Free Trials and Demos, Two New Class-Action Suits
What's the point? SecuROM is there to make sure that you own the original CD for whatever it is protecting, but to put it in free trials downloaded off the Internet.. really what's the point?
Especially when you don't include that in the EULA. Read more at http://games.slashdot.org/games/08/11/09/172219.shtml and http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/11/08/new-class-action-suits-target-ea-securom-sims-amp-spore-creature-creator.
To quote: Now, http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/11/08/new-class-action-suits-target-ea-securom-sims-amp-spore-creature-creator have been filed that target the SecuROM software included in a free trial of the http://media.libsyn.com/media/gamepolitics/EA-spore-eldridge-vs-ea.pdf (PDF) and in http://media.libsyn.com/media/gamepolitics/EA-securom-cortez-vs-ea.pdf (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." More PlayStation 3 News...