Weekend tech reading: EA's user agreement forbids lawsuits

By on September 25, 2011, 3:48 PM

EA's new user agreement bans lawsuits Electronic Arts has updated its Terms of Service Agreement for the Origin platform. Following Sony's lead, and taking it even further, EA has added a new clause that prevents users from suing them in both class action and jury trial forms. Or in other words, in a scummy move -- EA wants you to give up your civil rights. And yet they wonder why so many people pirate their games. NGOHQ

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Nvidia talks PC gaming trends Some claim that PC gaming is dying, but recent trends disagree. In fact, it looks to be console gaming that's soon to see a decline, thanks in part to a growing number of compelling aspects that PCs offer - including at the very least free-to-play games. Let's take a look at these and other trends, and the reasons behind them. Techgage

Software upgrades could produce self-tuning wireless access points Researchers say wireless access points could double as analysis tools that detect radio-frequency interference and automatically adjust to preserve the quality of Wi-Fi connections. Such upgraded devices could eliminate the need for separate, costly spectrum analyzers... Network World

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California Governor Jerry Brown approves 'Amazon tax compromise' Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that postpones new sales taxes rules that would have affected online purchases in California, granting more time for traditional and online retailers to lobby Congress for a national standard on the high-stakes issue. Huffington Post

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LulzSec member's 'protection' turned into his undoing Late last week, authorities arrested a LulzSec member who was using a proxy server service to hide his Internet identity. He didn't realize that service, hidemyass.com, would be his undoing. Examiner

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Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

Everyone is following Sony, except you can't legally forbid a lawsuit. The courts will handle that and more often than not you are going to find yourself in a legal battle.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Oh EA. You're so silly.

In any case, I'm not installing Origin on my computer. I really don't want to do any business with EA under any circumstances. If that means I miss out on a game, so be it.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

"And yet they wonder why so many people pirate their games."

Oh, I see - millions of illegal downloads and only after this clause is put in their EULA, it's "NO WONDER we stole from you!" What a jackass thing to say...

Guest said:

no, the point is scummy moves in general by publishers causes people to pirate it. for instance, ubisoft's Always-on DRM was poor, and still didn't prevent people pirating it. Some people even had to buy it then pirate it so they could play offline.

Cota Cota said:

EA's new user agreement bans lawsuits.

I remember that in one episode of South Park the fatty promised to be a slave if he lost a bet, but since the Real Law forbids slavery that bet was illegal and was disbanded due to.. well being ilegal even if they sign papers.

Its like a prostitute telling police on a man who didn't paid =D

Guest said:

TomSEA... what you do think is the result if the pirates have a more convenient and less intrusive distribution model than the producer?

Guest said:


Thats why pimps exist to beat the living **** out of you and then rob you if you don't pay. No police needed.

Guest said:

who cares what TomSea says. he thinks headphones with just okay bass are best suited for bass heavy music genres.

Guest said:

awwww, one less person greedy people can sue

PinothyJ said:

Most of this is all at least a week old - where on Earth is TS getting their news from :S...

treetops treetops said:

Eh pino its weekend reading ^^.

@EA news if you don't like it don't buy there product.

@lulsec thing, i thought those guys created there own protection er something, guess there not as untouchable as I thought

DokkRokken said:

TomSEA said:

"And yet they wonder why so many people pirate their games."

Oh, I see - millions of illegal downloads and only after this clause is put in their EULA, it's "NO WONDER we stole from you!" What a jackass thing to say...

But EA's move doesn't punish the pirates. Just us legitimate customers. The user data collection move irked me, and now they introduce this clause? Are EA purposefully trying to drive people to abandon their service, and products? They've certainly driven this legit customer away. I won't use Origin anymore. I'm taking my money elsewhere.

Guest said:

This isn't a plan to get the pirating to stop, there's no way EA by themselves can stop this.

This is a plan to gain lost profits. First they charge online passes to be able to play online. Then they buy cheaper servers, Cut back on the new production games quality, then they add to their EULA that you cant sue them.

Prepare for Battlefield 3 to look like minecraft

Guest said:

Seems like we should be suing EA for taking away our rights if we sign the EULA.

caravel said:

But EA's move doesn't punish the pirates. Just us legitimate customers.

Congratulations - you "get it"...

This type of DRM and legals has nothing to do with piracy and everything to do with deterring the casual reuse of a software licence on another machine. This is why "content delivery systems" exist, because games developers/publishers really do not want to give you an old fashioned disc. There is still nothing they can do about piracy - every game still gets cracked and distributed illegally. You went out and paid for it, so why should you have to jump through hoops and prove you're not a thief just to run a game? It beggars belief, but gamers still lie down, take it and hand over their cash.

Emexrulsier said:

Good job im in the UK then "expressly excludes residents of Quebec, Russia, Switzerland and the Member States of the European Union.

Read more: [link] "

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Guest said:

Seems like we should be suing EA for taking away our rights if we sign the EULA.



This is why people should check the TOS and privacy policy... :P

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