Archive for the 'Sony' Category

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.

No Xmas for Sony

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Check out this nifty “no Xmas for Sony” badge, via BoingBoing. If you use it, please link to this blog. I don’t know why Cory Doctorow doesn’t know that exists, but a general info blog like this seems a better thing to bring the general public to than Mark Russinovich’s post.

Lawsuit in DC?

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Jiri posts in my comments that there is a “just filed” lawsuit in the District of Columbia that covers both XCP and MediaMax. Anyone have a link?
Update: Thanks to Mike, who found the pointer to the DC lawsuit. It’s a private lawsuit, filed by Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran on behalf of a DC resident, […]

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.
The only access […]

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 […]