Archive for the 'DRM' Category

Don’t celebrate the end of DRM?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Interesting post on the faculty blog of the University of Chicago Law School, by professor Doug Lichtman, that argues that the end of DRM would be disastrous for the music industry and music lovers. He suggests that without DRM, the industry will have no incentive to invest in music or will develop some other draconian […]

MediaMax infection count: 5.7 million

Monday, December 12th, 2005

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the count of Sony BMG discs with the vulnerable SunnComm MediaMax DRM software is 5.7 million. But there’s no recall plan, and nowhere near the level of noise there should be to make customers aware of the problem. Good to see Sony is continuing to learn from its past […]

Sony BMG: Thinking again about DRM

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Talk about a non-statement: Thomas Hesse, of “nobody knows what a rootkit is” fame and President of Sony BMG’s Global Digital Business unit, says that the company is reconsidering how it employs DRM “because of the bad publicity” around its two badly flawed systems. But he says that the company is still committed to blocking […]

Sony BMG: Thinking again about DRM

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Talk about a non-statement: Thomas Hesse, of “nobody knows what a rootkit is” fame and President of Sony BMG’s Global Digital Business unit, says that the company is reconsidering how it employs DRM “because of the bad publicity” around its two badly flawed systems. But he says that the company is still committed to blocking […]

New MediaMax vulnerability disclosed, patched

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Sony BMG issued a joint announcement with the EFF yesterday that a new security vulnerability had been identified in Sony BMG’s other DRM software, MediaMax, and that a patch was available. The vulnerability has been known for a while but not publicly disclosed until SunnComm was able to create the patch, which can be downloaded […]

XCP uninstaller out

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

According to BoingBoing, Sony BMG has finally released an XCP uninstaller that appears to address the exploit issues with the previous, web based uninstaller. Given their past track record, I would wait for further analysis by Freedom to Tinker or Mark Russinovich before using this uninstaller.

Plot thickens: Did Sony try to break Apple’s DRM?

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Via Freedom to Tinker and Boing Boing comes a startling suggestion about XCP. Remember the allegation that DVD Jon’s iTunes DRM busting code appeared in XCP? Alex Haldeman at Freedom to Tinker says that it was put there on purpose: so that Sony BMG could get its music into iTunes and onto the iPod by […]

BusinessWeek: Sales impact not likely

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

BusinessWeek Online: For Sony, a pain in the image. The article weighs the customer reaction to the rootkit fiasco and concludes that the effect on Sony’s bottom line will not be great. BW reporter Olga Kharif interviewed me for the article yesterday, and while the article doesn’t link to this site, I think my comments […]

Lawsuit roundup: Oklahoma

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

An additional lawsuit since I last wrote about the topic. In addition to the DC lawsuit announced earlier this week, a class action suit was filed in Oklahoma on Monday on behalf of Oklahoma residents who purchased a CD infected with either XCP or MediaMax or who were infected with either XCP or MediaMax.

Sony BMG announces Canadian mail-in recall

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

CBC: Snail mail fix to Sony’s XCP problem. The Canadian recall is announced, finally; presumably recalls in other markets will follow. From the article:
Under the mail-in program, consumers will get a replacement CD thatdoesn’t have the XCP software and an MP3 file of that CD. Sony says itwill handle all mailing costs.
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