Sony's Rootkit Infringes On Copyright?
from the well-look-at-that dept
Look, we really, really want to stop writing about Sony BMG's damn rootkit, but when they keep doing ridiculous things or as more scary info comes out about it, it's almost impossible to resist. The company brought this on itself -- and its reaction so far certainly leaves them open to the continued criticism as more info comes out (and we're not even going to get into the discovery that Sony's copy protection uninstaller is open to malware writers to misuse as well). The latest, found on Boing Boing, is that the rootkit technology itself has copyright infringing code taken from LAME, the open source mp3 encoder -- which has a clear copyright license, requiring certain things, none of which Sony BMG/First4Internet follows. Yes, the irony is thick: this technology that Sony BMG still claims is necessary to protect its intellectual property, apparently violates other's intellectual property. Good work, Sony BMG and First4Internet. You've succeeded in making a mockery of your own technology.