Overhype

by Mike Masnick




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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    Ben McNelly, 1 Nov 2005 @ 12:15pm

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    I smell a class action lawsuit....

    Seriously though, I would love to sue, or at least stop large company's software makers from hijacking your computer. Ever bought a kodak digital camera? Ever used AOL? Real media? Even adobe reader!!! and what about the poor people who go through a normal set up for somthing like msn messenger and dont see the nic little check boxes that install toolbars and change homepages? Even little stuff like that annoys me. At least sometimes we have a choice. But somthing like Kodak's software? Cannot be stopped! you cant even kill the process!

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