EA Hit With Two More DRM Class-Action Lawsuits

Electronic Arts is the recipient of two additional lawsuits related to SecuROM DRM technology, this time in relation to Spore Creature Creator and The Sims 2 expansion pack Bon Voyage.

Richard Eldridge of Pennsylvania is suing the publisher over the undisclosed installation of SecuROM software on his computer after installing the demo version of Spore Creature Creator, reports GamePolitics. According to Eldridge's suit:

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...

Meanwhile, "avid Sims player" Dianna Cortez of Missouri cites EA for "immoral, unethical, oppressive [and] unscrupulous" conduct after including SecuROM in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage, which allegedly caused a host of problems on Cortez's computer.

The suits follow the trail blazed by Melissa Thomas, who in September sparked a $5 million class action suit against EA for its use of SecuROM in Spore.

GamePolitics noted that the same law firm that represents Thomas is also representing the new plaintiffs, Eldridge and Cortez.

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    November 10, 2008 10:21 AM

    good.. the more lawsuits, the more likely they will stop the DRM bullshit.. (yea right)

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      November 10, 2008 11:50 AM

      well, it DID stop the sony BMG music cd DRM...

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        November 10, 2008 6:39 PM

        thing is, that DRM was a persistent problem because it would "hide" specific files on any system that had the DRM installed. It would've been an open avenue to attack and more viruses. There could have been millions upon millions of dollars lost in lawsuits for Sony. That was probably the reason why Sony backed off of the DRM, and not because a few thousand consumers complained.

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      November 10, 2008 3:27 PM

      It might not work if EA is under contract to use it in in x number games or for a specific timeframe. I can see SecuRom doing that to perpetuate itself.

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        November 10, 2008 8:42 PM

        as though they haven't already ensured their prosperity by becoming the de facto CD check in PC games. They won't have money problems anytime soon.

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