Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Spore DRM Challenged by Class Action Lawsuit

Melissa Thomas has filed a class action lawsuit against Electronic Arts for their inclusion of SecuROM with Spore. The lawsuit focuses on the impact of SecuROM on personal computers and EA's lack of disclosure about the program's inclusion with the purchase of Spore.

I'll be very interested to see how this turns out. Perhaps this case can at least pave the way for consumer rights regarding DRM -- the requirement of public disclosure and transparency of the DRM scheme implemented, as well as all the possible effects of such DRM software.

I also wonder if any decision would get into the conflicts between DRM and existing consumer rights such as Fair Use and First-Sale Doctrines.

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