Archive for the 'Sony' Category

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 […]

Using blogs and the media for change: the Sony BMG case study

Monday, November 28th, 2005

With the notable exception of the issues that surfaced this weekend about Sony BMG’s lack of a plan to address their international customers’ issues, it seems like most of the primary news about the rootkit fiasco has broken. I thought this might be a good time to take a look at how the story broke […]

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 […]

CD replacements US only for now

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that Australian customers are being locked out of the CD replacement program that Sony BMG unveiled last week. An email from Sony BMG reportedly says that there are no return programs in place for any countries other than the US, though an international CD replacement program is “being developed.” […]

Gartner: Sony BMG DRM a “failure”; what are the alternatives?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Here’s the full text of that Gartner document referenced yesterday, in which analysts Martin Reynolds and Mike McGuire pointed out that putting a piece of masking tape on the outer edge of an XCP disc rendered the DRM unloadable. The report is mostly notable for its brevity, which is frankly welcome after almost a month […]

Where’s the sales effect?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

So the big question is: what would Sony BMG have to do, and how much of a stink would we need to make about it, to spark an effective boycott? So far, the answer appears to be a lot more and a lot bigger. News.com and SoundScan did the numbers on sales of XCP protected […]

New York Times lawsuit roundup

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Nice article in the New York Times about yesterday’s new lawsuits. It includes pointers to the full text of both suits and money quotes from most of the parties involved:

Sony is “very keen to open up a dialogue with the Texas attorney general’s office.” - Daniel M. Mandil, Sony BMG general counsel
“…As a company, we […]