Putting to rest at least part of the firestorm that arose from the SecuROM protection of Spore, Electronic Arts has released a standalone tool (currently for PCs only) to de-authorize machines, iTunes style, so players can manage their installs. From the email:
Machines can be de-authorized or re-authorized at any time. The total number of machines on which Spore can be authorized concurrently will continue to be five. To de-authorize a PC download and launch Spore_deauth.zip and run the Spore De-Authorization Tool.exe file.
You can de-authorize at any time, even without uninstalling Spore, and free up that machine authorization. If you re-launch Spore on the same machine, the game will attempt to re-authorize. If you have not reached the machine limitation, the game will authorize and the machine will be re-authorized using up one of the five available machines.
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