Sony Says Canadians Are Different Than Americans When It Comes To Rootkits
from the they-can-take-it dept
We were just saying how Sony's rootkit is still causing technical problems for users -- and it turns out it's still causing some legal ones as well. While Sony ended up settling the US-based lawsuit against it concerning the rootkits in the US, it took them a bit longer to work out the details in Canada. You would think that it wouldn't be too hard to knock out a similar settlement, but it turns out that Sony BMG apparently believes Canadians deserve different treatment than those of us in the US. Apparently, among a bunch of odd assertions, Canadians don't need the same settlement terms because they already benefit from the US settlement -- and therefore, it's okay that Sony BMG not have any new copy protections reviewed by independent researchers for security issues (as they agreed to in the US). It's apparently okay for them to install copy protection without telling people in Canada, which again, they cannot do in the US. It's true that many CDs will all be pressed the same way for the North American market -- but that doesn't explain why Canadians don't deserve the same deal as the folks in the US received.