Happy Thanksgiving

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 give thanks that this episode came along to remind us to not take anything for granted about the products we buy.

In the meantime, remember:

  1. If you live outside the US, be careful of what you buy. Sony isn’t exchanging CDs for you…yet.
  2. If you live in the US, always read the back of the CD before you purchase it—make sure it’s not packing anything that you aren’t expecting.
  3. Keep those Sony goods off your post-Thanksgiving shopping list, until the day comes that they pull all their malevolent DRM off their audio discs.
  4. And tell everyone you know about what one of the largest music companies almost succeeded in doing to your PC.

2 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving”

  1. Ken Nelson Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Tim! I echo the sentiments to my 5 or 6 readers every chance I get.

    -k-

  2. Dylan Says:

    I’m an avid reader of your blog! Thanks for the thanks and thanks back. I’d love to see the petition posted more prominently somehow, thats how I found your blog actually, on a google search.

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