I am starting to know what it must feel like to be in Sony’s PR department. Every time I think that this colossal shambling nightmare of Sony DRM has gone away, and that I can afford to take a morning without monitoring Google News for new developments, a half dozen things pop up.
Today it’s the following items:
- Sony withdrew its web-based uninstaller, but not before
- actual exploits surfaced on the web for the holes that the web-based uninstaller left on users’ machines, and after
- finally publishing a list of 52 (not 20) titles they publish that are infected with XCP
- The Department of Homeland Security is advising customers never to install any software from an unexpected source (such as audio CDs)
- Reports are coming in of businesses, schools, and government agencies who are prohibiting their users from playing Sony BMG–or all–audio discs in their PCs
- Bruce Schneier (at Wired) accuses some anti-virus companies of being complicit with Sony BMG in allowing the DRM to be installed in the first place
Last, I want to give props to “Sory Electronics” for taking what I wanted to do with this site–give it a proper design and a catchy tagline–and running with it.