Sony’s DRM and the Law of Unintended Consequences

On Wednesday, PC Pro wrote that Sony’s DRM could spur a flood of malware exploiting the hole created by the rootkit. The article was a day late, literally. On Tuesday, a day previously, World of Warcraft players posted a way to use the hole to cover hacks used by the players to gain advantage in the massively multi-player online game.

For any Sony (er, Sony BMG) exec who happens to be listening, this is what you don’t get. Computers are general purpose machines. If you’re going to screw with someone’s computer for your own purposes, you’re going to open the door for someone else to do the same. Put another way, the street finds its own uses for things. And if you’re too stupid to foresee that this would be a consequence of your actions, you don’t deserve my money.

3 Responses to “Sony’s DRM and the Law of Unintended Consequences”

  1. The Sony Boycott Blog » Blog Archive » Wired: Sony may be criminals Says:

    […] Well, it was only one day from disclosure of the issue to the first exploit of the rootkit. Any bets on how long it will take before the first lawsuits pop up? I would think the EFF would be all over this; why isn’t it on their page? […]

  2. Brian Says:

    where can i find a list of cds that have the rootkit on them? i have tried googling a dozen terms, but everything that you put first4internet in comes up with discussion of the current crisis.

  3. Tim Says:

    Thanks for the question, Brian. I was thinking that it would be a good idea to start compiling such a list. I’ll post something shortly on this topic.

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