Selling consumer level software of any kind as a license and not the actual product is one of the worst things to happen to consumers in recent times. As more and more stuff becomes 'software' instead of goods the less we own.So what's with the ELUA?
"The number of copies that you can download during a consecutive
period of days may be limited. You may not make a copy of the
Application available on a network where it could be used by multiple
users at the same time."
Ahhh if I need an Internet connection to use it, which I do, it's technically on a network...
"Application may use information
regarding your computer, hardware, media, software and your use of the
Application to validate your license rights and to update the Application."
WTF does it need to access my porn media to validate a license?
"You agree that the Application may automatically
download and install updates, upgrades and additional features that EA
deems reasonable, beneficial to you and/or reasonably necessary"
Great more bloatware, advertising and spyware...which you are paying for...
"You agree that EA may collect, use, store and transmit technical and
related information that identifies your computer (including the Internet Protocol
37683v1 Address), operating system, Application usage (including but not limited to
successful installation and/or removal), software, software usage and peripheral
hardware, that may be gathered periodically to facilitate the provision of software
updates, dynamically served content, product support and other services to you,
including online services. EA may also use this information combined with
personal information for marketing purposes and to improve our products and
services. We may also share that data with our third party service providers in a
form that does not personally identify you."
"EA reserves the right to monitor communications on the Application and disclose
any information EA deems necessary to (i) ensure your compliance with this
License; (ii) satisfy any applicable law, regulation or legal process; (iii) protect the
rights, property and interests of EA, its employees or the public."
Isn't that what the CIA does?
"System Interaction. The following processes may be associated with the
Application: Origin.exe, EACoreServer.exe, OriginClientService.exe . The
Application requires machine resources in order to perform and may impede the
functionality of other software on your machine. The Application may slow and/or
otherwise affect the performance of your machine and other software installed
and/or running thereon. You may experience technical issues after installation of
the Application. By installing the Application, you acknowledge and agree to the
foregoing risks of use. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO AND ACKNOWLEDGE
THESE POTENTIAL ISSUES, DO NOT INSTALL THE APPLICATION."
"This License is effective until terminated. Your rights under this
License will terminate immediately and automatically without any notice from EA
if (i) you fail to comply with any of the terms and conditions of this License; or (ii)
EA ceases to support the Application. Promptly upon termination, you must
cease all use of the Application and destroy all copies of the Application in your
possession or control. EAs termination will not limit any of EAs other rights or
remedies at law or in equity. Sections 2-13 of this License shall survive
termination or expiration of this License for any reason."
That's friggin awesome. So if EA goes under (not likely) or their service tanks and they decided to pull it your SOL with everything you bought from them. Nice.
"TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE
UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, THE APPLICATION IS PROVIDED TO YOU AS
IS, WITH ALL FAULTS, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, WITHOUT
PERFORMANCE ASSURANCES OR GUARANTEES OF ANY KIND, AND
YOUR USE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE ENTIRE RISK OF SATISFACTORY
QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE RESIDES WITH YOU....EA DOES NOT WARRANT AGAINST INTERFERENCE WITH YOUR ENJOYMENT OF THE APPLICATION; THAT THE APPLICATION WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; THAT OPERATION OF THE APPLICATION
WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE"
While it says, "TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE
UNDER APPLICABLE LAW" how can it be legal to offer a product that may not work, and if it doesn't work you have no recourse to get it fixed or replaced?
Well that was a great read, but I still didn't find what I was looking for, how many times I can download my game and for how long do I have it available to me. Their last service only allowed you to download it for a year and then it was gone.