Archive for the 'Legal' Category

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.
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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 […]

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 […]

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.” […]

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 […]

…And then there were four: EFF sues Sony BMG

Monday, November 21st, 2005

It’s been expected for a while, and now it’s official: according to SecurityFix, which updated its post from this morning about the Texas lawsuit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has brought suit against Sony BMG. This suit has been widely anticipated following the EFF’s open letter to Sony BMG last week regarding their XCP and SunnComm […]

Breaking: State of Texas sues Sony

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Via Security Fix, the number of known lawsuits against Sony BMG has gone to three, thanks to a lawsuit filed by the attorney general of Texas, Greg Abbott. The lawsuit is being filed under Texas’s new anti-spyware law and seeks civil penalties of $100,000 for each violation, plus attorney’s fees and costs (see the full […]

SonySuit tracks lawsuit proceedings

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

I’m pleased to report that has posted a detailed summary of the various class action proceedings against Sony BMG—there are now enough that it’s hard to keep track. It’s a useful and clean resource that should be very useful as additional lawsuits pile on are filed.

Sony recalls XCP protected discs

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Finally. Sony announced yesterday that it will be withdrawing XCP-protected audio discs from stores and offering exchanges to any customer who purchased the discs. Details are still forthcoming, but it appears that customers will be safe from purchasing infected discs. The recall does not apply to audio discs that are protected by the Sunncomm provided […]

Fallout continues: companies consider restricting office CD use

Monday, November 14th, 2005

As if the evidence that Sony’s DRM had backfired isn’t clear enough, a story comes in today via ZDNet and CNET that some companies are now rethinking allowing any CDs in the workplace at all, owing to the concerns about possible security vulnerabilities.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I give you DRM, the amazing market shrinker. By […]