Class Action Lawsuit On The Way For Sony's Rootkit

from the but,-there-are-other-issues-too dept

Probably not a huge surprise at all, but following Sony’s rootkit fiasco, lawyers are already swarming and a class action lawsuit is expected any day now. It’s unclear if they’ll be going after other record labels that use identical technology. The article notes that there are legal problems on both sides of the equation. While Sony probably runs afoul of a bunch of laws (the same ones used to go after adware firms), users who are uninstalling the rootkit may be breaking the DMCA, which prevent circumvention of any type of copy protection. In other words, the whole thing is a big mess, and, as in other class action lawsuits, the only ones who will really benefit are the lawyers. Update: Aha. The lawsuits are already starting.

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Just one guy says:

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Yes! Italy rules!!!!

The first lawsuit comes from ALCEI, the Italian chapter of EFF. It is not a lawsuit, in that it does not ask for a sentence.

Rather, it is an official complaint to the Guardia di Finanza (Italian fiscal police force, the competent police for fraud complaints) about Sonu’s behavior (regarding the CD ?Get right with the man? by Van Zant), objecting to Sony’s attitude of taking the law in their own hand (“si fa arbitrariamente ragione da s? medesimo”) by “altering, modifying or deleting a software program”, or by “preventing or disturbing the working of a computer system”.

ALCEI is asking for formal investigation, asking the Guardia di Finanza to identify whose is the actual author of such DRM system, who decided on its specific working mechanism, who decided on its diffusion mechanism, whether it is also available and present in products on sales in Italy, whether other companies are using such mechanism, whether any offence has been committed in Italy or by individuals operating in Italy.

Just one guy (proud, once in a while, of being Italian)

giafly says:

Pirates are Safe

“With any luck, and I can’t believe I am saying this, an ambulance chasing scumbag lawyer will take this up and sue Sony into the ground for stupidity on this level. There has to be some letter of the law that was violated as arrogantly as purchaser’s rights are … If there was ever a good argument for piracy, to me, this is it.” – The Inquirer

Anonymous Coward says:

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It’s true that the only people that really profit from class action suits are the lawyers. Each individual will get a negligible amount.

But that’s not the point. What matters is not who profits from the suit, but who pays. The point is to penalize Sony to the degree that they don’t do this anymore. It needs to be demonstrated that this sort of malicious DRM isn’t profitable. A large financial judgement against Sony might help, and serve as an example for others.

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