Overly Restrictive DRM

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It's becoming common practice for EA to punish legitimate users for buying its games. Spore's Digital Rights Management (DRM) software, designed to prevent people from pirating the game, allows users to install the game three times with internet authentication required each time. Uninstalling won't "refund" any opportunities. Users will have to call EA customer service and plead their case to get additional installations. Online protesters lowered the game's score on Amazon.com over the DRM issue, but EA remains unrelenting. To add insult to injury, an illegal copy of the game circulated around the internet prior to the game's official release, so pirates get to play Spore hassle-free. 12/09/08