Personally, I don't see why Origin doesn't allow others to distribute the free game 'freely'. After all, it was free to begin with - what do they lose: getting more people hooked on the series? They could and probably already did offer it without tech support. And what's the harm if independent sites are keeping it on their hard disks. Look at Sierra - they have turned some of their older games into Freeware - ones that performed well on the market.