How’d that LGPL code get in there, anyway?

Boing Boing: Pre-history of the Sony rootkit and Sony rootkit author asked for free code to lock up music. Two posts in which Boing Boing’s readers do some spelunking through Google News and other online sources for evidence of First4Internet’s inclusion of open source code in their XCP rootkit. Good reading, especially the quote from First4Internet programmer Lee Griffiths:

Does someone have some simple C++ code which can write Microsofts DRM v1 properties that the user whishes to set (i.e. 3plays 4 copies etc) over the unprotected file to make it protected.  There may be some cash on offer here if its easy to use!

5 Responses to “How’d that LGPL code get in there, anyway?”

  1. Mike Says:

    They weren’t the only ones to ask for help either:

    http://www.boingboing.net/2005/11/28/programmers_on_sonys.html

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Secure digital downloads

    In addition, BMG is cooperating with various partners in the music industry (www.musicline.de) as well as online and distribution portals (Lycos Europe, OD2) to develop secure, easy to use and exciting digital information and download offers. In the future, fans will be offered music in a protected form on secure sound carriers as well as through mobile transfer systems.

    from http://www.bmgcopycontrol.com/uk-ireland/index.html

  3. Anonymous Says:

    http://www.ifpi.com/site-content/legal/copy-control.html
    http://www.ifpi.com
    http://www.sonopress.com

    The future is here… Loads os media discs with ‘Copy Control’ everywhere. You can rip the CD with WMA ripping but MP3 ripping from the CD will not work.

  4. Damian Says:

    “The future is here”

    O brave new world that has such DRM in’t!

    **********

    “BMG … exciting digital information and download offers.”

    Roll up! Roll up! Get your malware here! Touch the “exciting” downloads if you dare!

    “WMA …but MP3 … will not work.”

    Mac and Linux users should love that. Everyone with an iPod will be over the moon.

    **********

    We get the picture: this abusive semi-criminal company will still does not intend to offer clean CDs or downloads in open formats to anyone uninformed enough to deal with it. There’s a very old proverb that says, “If you sup with the devil bring a long spoon”. I, unlike you, would prefer not to eat at his table at all, thank you very much.

    I use the term “semi-criminal” advisedly. Using DRM at all is bad enough, but Sony-BMG’s behavior has been uconscionable. The latest news (Monday November 28, 2005) from Professor Felten at Princeton is that the Mediamax software that Sony is (still) distributing will install even if a user declines the EULA. That is illegal:

    http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/?p=936

    I hope the future will not be as dystopian as you promise. I hope every man, woman, and child will be able to put a music CD in a computer without infecting it. I hope those who make content, such as rock bands, will begin to realize that they can deal direct with the public on terms of openness, equality, fairness, and trust. I hope for a world in which sellers don’t try to impose conditions on what buyers do with their purchases. I hope the dishonest broker in the middle - he who would impose abusive conditions and practices on both parties - fades from view.

  5. Dave Says:

    Amen, Damian.

    If Sony and the like are so concerned about “protecting” what they are putatively “selling” (vs. renting out), they can keep it to themselves. Perhaps once they go broke this way they’ll catch on to what a market is.

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