Sunday, November 13, 2005

Sony Update: Still Shady, Now Getting Sued

(Go away, go away, go away)

Much like the Apple's iPod, Sony's rootkit saga hasn't gone away, despite all their clenched eyes and crossed-fingers.

It has been found that Sony has a special DRM for Apple computers that tries to install itself when you make he mistake of buying a (Sony) CD.

And California has stepped up to the plate and is the first party to sue Sony for this rootkit foolishness, with New York and Italy to follow. Sony has since suspended it rootkit CDs from production, but it's too late.

As a result of Sony's failure to disclose the true nature of the digital rights management (‘DRM') system it uses on its CDs, thousands of computer users have unknowingly infected their computers, and the computers of others, with this surreptitious rootkit. This rootkit has been responsible for conflicts within computer systems, crashes of systems, and other damage."

The suit, which accuses Sony of "fraud, false advertising, trespass, and violation of state and federal statues prohibiting malware, and unauthorized computer tampering," claims that the suspect software has been included on certain Sony BMG Music CDs since this spring.

I think I may just make way on over to Virgin Megastore, make a purchase and see if, I, um, happen to qualify for the lawsuit...

Look at the list of horrible, horrible music Sony has chosen to infect.

Ricky Martin
Celine Dion
Pete Seeger
Our Lady Peace

The list goes on...Perhaps this is a tough lesson from the music gods?

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