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Sony CD copy protection hides itself in Windows operating system, with side effects

Sony CD copy protection hides itself in Windows operating system, with side effects
Sony CD copy protection hides itself in Windows operating system, with side effects



OTazMan was the first to send this along. Here are some more details in 
a comprehensible summary form:
http://news.com.com/2100-7355_3-5926657.html 

 From what's been reported publicly so far, it seems that this is a 
braindead product decision by SonyBMG and the company deserves all the 
criticism it's going to receive.

But I wonder if SonyBMG's clumsy rootkit amounts to a "technological 
measure that effectively controls access to a (copyrighted) work." If 
so, why wouldn't removing it be a violation of section 1201(a) of the 
Digital Millennium Copyright Act? Chalk this up as yet another reason 
for DMCA reform:
http://www.politechbot.com/2005/10/06/progress-and-freedom/ 

-Declan

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Sony installed DRM software that uses a rootkit to hide itself!
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2005 12:55:38 -0800
From: OTazMan  
To: Declan McCullagh  

I have never heard of DRM protection that hides in a RootKit and isn't
malware up until Sony just got done installing it. This needs to make the
main stream media.
Here is the link to the discovery:
http://www.sysinternals.com/blog/2005/10/sony-rootkits-and-digital-rights.html 
  The register with a summary article:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/11/01/sony_rootkit_drm/ 
   Pass it along, Ron

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