yeah...it's possible I'm aware of something...I worked at Origin in 1991-1994 including when EA bought us out...Still talk to many of my friends in the industry...yes it's funny to hear people use their "professional experience" in trying to explain something they don't have a clue about.
Notice the part where I originally explained I work in a different industry, and I was making an educated guess as to what's holding things up based on things I've seen in my field. I realize things are different depending on the industry, but generally, many of the variables remain the same (copyright law).
Nowhere in my post or any of the other posts I saw taking a crack at the subject claimed to be completely correct about what the hold up was. We all took (I'd say) pretty educated guesses as to what's going on rather than going with the usual, "EA SUXS!".
I imagine, you have as much of an idea as to whats going on as the rest of us even though you claim to have worked for Origin in the early 90's. I say this because rather than try to politely interject that it's something we're not aware of or at least try to explain the nuances of this process without mentioning specifics, you chose to make a pretty weak post mocking people who were adding constructive perspectives as to what might be going on rather than carry on with the, "well this sucks" banter.
[sarcasm]Thanks for participating! [/sarcasm]