Will Windows Genuine Advantage Become Microsoft's Rootkit?
from the lawsuits-trying-to-make-it-so dept
After lots of complaints from perfectly legitimate users, who found Microsoft’s new “Windows Genuine Advantage” system not so advantageous, Microsoft has finally agreed to back down on the anti-piracy tool a bit. WGA was supposed to check to make sure your copy of Windows was legit, but if it got something wrong, you could be without your computer. Also, many people just aren’t that comfortable with a computer spying on them. Well, now the same lawyers who filed a class action lawsuit against Sony BMG for their rootkit have filed a suit against Microsoft, noting that WGA appears to violate spyware laws. While WGA doesn’t seem nearly as bad as the Sony rootkit, Microsoft’s slow response to complaints could create backlash against the company in the same way that Sony BMG faced a ton of backlash. It’s yet another example of a company selling you something where they want to hang onto a lot more control than they should — potentially causing problems. Once again, treating all your customers as criminals tends not to be a great business strategy.