Screen Play Writes:
"I know that there are a number of other Screen Play readers who have been waiting in anticipation for the release of Spore. I was one of them, until an article I read regarding the copy protection which Electronic Arts would include. It warned users they would need an active internet connection during the installation process in order for the CD key to be verified, and that wasn't the end of it.
Every five to ten days Spore would try to recheck the CD key, and if it couldn't be verified then it would try again over 10 days. If that failed then the game would stop working altogether. Also, like BioShock when it was first released, Spore could only be installed a maximum of three times.
Fortunately, the pressure from the gaming community got so bad that EA ended up relaxing the copy protection so that it would only try to verify the CD key when you installed and launched it for the first time, whenever you used the online features, downloaded new content or patches. It would also allow you to play without having the CD in the computer as well as installing and playing on multiple computers both online and off."