Didn't SE do something like this officially with Crisis Core? I recall them leaking a copy of the game that would stop around twenty minutes in and say that if you liked what you played, you should buy the game.
well, if they did that, then they didn't brick the system. If companies really wanted to do this, they would be best off (on PC) making it so it connects to the internet and reports them. While I agree with twesterm that it would be great, I don't think any company would be stupid enough to do it. With our legal system there is a good chance they get sued even though the copy was illegal in the first place, however both sides breaking laws doesn't make things right.