Origin Adds Anti-Lawsuit Language to TOS

Electronic Arts has amended it's Terms of Service to include anti-lawsuit language, following a Supreme Court ruling that prompted a similar move by Sony. Kotaku outlines the new language:
"By accepting these terms, you and EA expressly waive the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action.

YOU UNDERSTAND THAT BY THIS PROVISION, YOU AND EA ARE FOREGOING THE RIGHT TO SUE IN COURT AND HAVE A JURY TRIAL.

YOU AND EA AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING."
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I find it absurd that anyone even considers a EULA to be a legally binding document. It is patently obvious that nobody on the planet reads the EULA to every piece of software that they install. Therefore people make certain assumptions, with one of them being that you can't take away legal rights just by clicking 'Agree'. This should hold no legal weight, even if they're just trying to force cases through to arbitration.

This is nearly as bad as Sony adding a clause to the Playstation Network preventing people from joining a class action lawsuit. That cannot, in any fair and just legal system, be acceptable.

These companies need to be put in their place. People need to kick-up a fuss, just like they did when they had a clause about the removal of accounts after a period of inactivity. When people see shit like this they should write a letter to their local representative and call for action, as otherwise these aggressive corporations will bully their way to whatever they want.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
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