With the news coming out that some purchasers of the video game Spore
have filed a class action lawsuit against EA for its inclusion of SecuROM DRM
, it's reaching the point where you have to wonder if this is becoming EA's "rootkit"
moment. The parallels are there. Both involved an overly draconian form of DRM that severely limited how a "purchased" product could be used. Both involved hidden files installed on a computer -- and both resulted in massive backlash from consumers, and a very slow response from the company. And, of course, the rootkit resulted in class action
lawsuits as well. At some point, perhaps, companies will start to realize that treating your customers as criminals is probably a bad idea.