Sony, Rootkits And Mock Surprise

from the who-didn't-see-this-coming dept

This has been discussed to death on other blogs and news sites, so we'd been ignoring it on the assumption that you've seen it elsewhere already. However, in the last twelve hours or so, it's been submitted a dozen times by people who seem to want us to write about it. Yes, the copy protection scheme that Sony uses on some of its CDs acts identical to all sorts of nefarious malware, sneaking its way deep into your computer and making itself almost impossible to remove. What's amusing about the story, though, is the way so many people are acting surprised and outraged by it. How else would you expect the entertainment industry to put copy protection on your computer? Of course they're going to try to hide it. And, why wouldn't they hide it deep within the system using the same techniques as rootkits? People have pointed out for ages that most of these copy protection schemes are no different than other types of malware (installed without you knowing it, prevents your computer from acting as it should, not easily removable, etc.). All this article has done is show more explicitly how it's been done -- but it's hardly a surprise. If you didn't expect the entertainment industry to employ these tactics, then you haven't been paying much attention lately.

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    Dr.T, 24 May 2006 @ 12:36pm

    Billing them?

    Anyone who surreptitiously installs something on my computer that takes me hours to remove will get a bill for my time, at the usual corporate consultancy rate of $240/hr. A few hundred of those that Sony refuses to pay makes for a class action suit, wouldn't you say? At the very least, it'll cost them in terms of having to get their lawyers to analyze their position, which, although IANAL, I suspect will lead to the suits drafting some sort of wording that they will HAVE TO put on their CD's to cover their asses. Sort of like the warning on cigarette packs.... "Placing this CD in your computer may inflict serious damage, and/or lead to invasions of privacy to which your purchase of this CD constitutes informed consent." If Sony takes up this idea now in original or modified form, they can have it for the low, low price of $10,000 USD, as it's MINE MINE MINE and it MUST BE PROTECTED! ;->

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