Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Shawnee, KS, USA
Andy, I've been following this mess for a little over a week now. See my post from yesterday.
Sony has stepped in doo-doo big time. Already lawsuits being readied. Many, MANY people are hacked off at Sony. Letters to states attorneys general. etc. Sony's first response was to modify the EULA to make it a breach to attempt to disable or reverse engineer or de-compile their crappy piece of SW. And to make matters worse, the "patch" and "uninstall" didn't, and hosed machines even worse. I saw one report of a MS Vista beta PC immediately BSoD and un-recoverable.
Many postings about this from people in the UK, where the software was actually written. This software, from what I've read and researched, very clearly makes Sony criminally liable under several UK laws. Although Sony _says_ the software was not on CDs sold in EU, many Brits apparently have in hand the rootkit from CDs they purchased locally.
Wording of the (PoS) DMCA looks like Sony may be in violation of that also.
I don't share music files. I also don't buy much music on CD. I'll never ever buy another Sony product, and am considering selling what I do have (camera, CD player). I am making an attempt to let people I know about this, particularly because I'm likely to be the one called to fix several relative's PCs when this rootkit hoses their systems.
I think that if there is even a very minor boycott of Sony products this (gift giving holiday of your choice) season, they'll wake up. But for me, never again a Sony product.
I'm trying to find a link I saw to a listing of all of Sony's music labels, will post it when I find it again.
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