Archive for the 'DRM' Category

Artists outraged

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Rolling Stone: Sony XCP Bomb Sparks Rage. Good review of the perspective of the artists affected by the fiasco, including quotes from Trey Anastasio and the manager of the Bad Plus. This is where the impact to Sony’s pocket starts; unless there are a lot more people boycotting Sony than there are signing the petition, […]

Russinovich to join New York lawsuit against Sony BMG

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

According to Security Fix, Mark Russinovich, whose blog post started the storm over Sony BMG’s rootkit DRM, will be joining the legal team for the New York class action suit. Though the attorneys aren’t commenting on Mark’s role, he’s said on his own blog that he’ll be “serving as an expert” for the legal team.
In […]

Eliot Spitzer to Sony BMG: “Unacceptable”

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Also in Business Week Online today: New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is following up on reports that the XCP-infected discs are still widely available in retailers, and is sending a message to Sony BMG and to retailers that the discs need to be removed from shelves immediately. The article also suggests that Sony BMG […]

Post mortem of a screwup: what happened before Oct 31

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Business Week just posted an account of the internal communications among Sony BMG and First4Internet that sheds more light on the XCP rootkit foul-up, including the revelation that F-Secure warned Sony BMG in September that the rootkit existed and described the risk of exploits two weeks before Mark Russinovich went public. This is one of […]

MediaMax: worse than you thought

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Freedom to Tinker revisits MediaMax (Sony BMG’s other DRM scheme for audio discs, the one that comes from SunnComm and doesn’t contain a rootkit) and finds that its surreptitious installer behavior is even more user hostile than previously documented. Previously it was documented that code is always placed on your machine prior to acceptance of […]

How’d that LGPL code get in there, anyway?

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Boing Boing: Pre-history of the Sony rootkit and Sony rootkit author asked for free code to lock up music. Two posts in which Boing Boing’s readers do some spelunking through Google News and other online sources for evidence of First4Internet’s inclusion of open source code in their XCP rootkit. Good reading, especially the quote from […]

Security through obscurity: First4Internet’s website offline

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Boing Boing: Rootkit arms-dealer takes website down. Remember that great website that the makers of XCP used to have that showed all the information about their product, including all those wonderful braggy press releases? All gone. In fact, no mention of XCP at all on the revised site, just contact information.
Hmm. Does this mean there […]

Buyer beware: XCP titles still on store shelves

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Chicago Tribune: Copy-protected Sony CDs still in stores despite recall. I was afraid this would happen, and said as much during my radio interview last week. It’s one thing to make a statement that you’re doing a recall, quite another to actually put the effort into ensuring that the channel gets the discs returned. Net: […]

Sony BMG doesn’t learn: copy protection coming to Australia

Friday, November 25th, 2005

According to AV Info, Sony BMG Australia is planning to introduce copy control software on its audio discs next year. This comes as a surprise to most Australian customers, I’m sure, after the month of crap that Sony has already been through in other markets regarding its various customer-hostile DRM schemes.
According to the article, the […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

On this most American holiday, I wish all my readers a happy Thanksgiving. Let us give thanks that under our pressure, Sony has recalled XCP protected CDs and posted updated uninstallers for their DRM. Let us give thanks that, thanks to us, educated customers everywhere know the meaning of the word rootkit. And let us […]