EA were today sued over its use of the DRM software SecuROM in its latest game, Spore. The class action suit filed in the US mentions that SecuROM cannot be uninstalled even if Spore is uninstalled and as a result uses up system resources including CPU, Memory and the users internet connection.
It also cites numerous reviews on Amazon for the game where users have given it 1 star. One complaint even mentions that it stops new programs from being installed, disables the firewall, anti-virus program and the Windows task manager.
"Although consumers are told the game uses access control and copy protection technology, consumers are not told that this technology is actually an entirely separate, stand-alone program which will download, install, and operate on their computer along with the Spore download. Consumers are given no control, rights, or options over SecuROM. The program is uninstallable. Once installed, it becomes a permanent part of the consumer's software portfolio. Even if the consumer uninstalls Spore, and entirely deletes it from their computer, SecuROM remains a fixture on their computer unless and until the consumer completely wipes their hard drive through reformatting or replacement of the drive."
Full details of the class action suit are available from Courthouse News.