Pretty much sounds like you are claiming purchasing - it is however irrelevant.They licence the right for you to use the software, not resell it. You cant sell something you dont own, it does not become your property.Another urban myth.Want software - pay the copyright holder.
This is the problem, you're wrong.
I buy a game. I do not buy a license to use software. There is no such statement at any store, online or offline, that I have ever seen. I have never been informed of such by any clerk at the time of sale, never found any terms stated on the items. There isn't any indication of any such purchase. You go in, you purchase a nice little box with the materials enclosed, you get home, and then are defrauded by whatever license restrictions they try to pull on you at install.
If it were the license that you were purchasing, the license would be given before sale. But then if they actually gave them to us beforehand, most of them wouldn't be able to sell anything.
What you buy, and what the EULA tells you you're buying, are two separate things. The exchange of legal tender is binding. The DMCA will be ruled as the shit it is the first time it goes before even a remotely honest judge.
What EA is doing is fraud, plain and simple. I buy a game, and after I've got it home, I'm informed that I didn't buy a game, I bought the privilege to play the game until EA arbitrarily decides I can't play it anymore, assuming I actually get to play it at all. The concept of an EULA in general is pure idiocy, it has been from the start. After you give us your money, we'll tell you what you're allowed to do?
The architect comparison Jafo is making would only make sense if someone paid him to draw them a design, and then only after finishing told them they could only use it once, were only allowed to use it on a particular piece of property he wanted them to buy, and had to pay him to build it. What Jafo really does is draw someone a design with the terms known up front, unless he's a fucking crook and just got out of jail after serving time for past attempts.
The digital media industries are the only ones that get away with this shit. I'll stop sympathizing with the pirates more than the pirated when the executives signing off on fraudulent EULA's start being jailed for it.
Spore will be pirated like no game has ever been pirated before. Spore will, drm included, still be sold like no game has ever sold before, with the exception of The Sims which also sold like no game has ever sold before. If it ships with the EULA or the DRM either one, I'll applaud the pirates that steal it and feel sorry for the legitimate customers that pay the thieves to give themselves legal cover to steal it from them.