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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Sony's DRM - Digital Rights Misuse

This is getting to be old news, but I've been off-line. Sony has stepped up its DRM (Digital Right Management) to a new low. Says Molly Wood of CNET:
I believe this is the week that Sony effectively declared war on the consumer, announcing what most of us had already suspected: fair use is a joke in the movie and record industry, and the companies who control mass-market content will truly stop at nothing to protect their profits.
Now most of you may say "that's not a news flash". But Sony have sunk to a new low with their latest efforts. Their latest CD's, when played on your PC (that's played as distinct from ripped, quietly installs a set of tools as part of its DRM technology. It does this without permission or notification, and sets itself up to run undetected, just like Trojan horse software.

So how far should Sony go to protect its "copyright"?

Installing Trojan-like software that can break your computer (as per the linked article), without permission or knowledge is way too far in my humble opinion.

Copyright issues and DRM are rapidly becoming a joke. And the laugh has often been at the consumers expense, because the Record companies want to criminalise personal use variations rather than work the law to hit the large scale pirates. On the other hand, people think I'm strange for paying for all of my "not free" software. I even own 3 registered copies of WinZip (and version 10 has just come out!).

Anyway, Molly points out an article discussing the need to reform copyright laws, and backs the point by referencing a recent story where a retiree was sued for $600,000 by the Motion Picture Association of America. His 12yo grandson had downloaded 4 movies - 3 of which they already owned on DVD. Must get those pirates.

Recently, Sony sued Eddie Stevens, to prevent him from modifying Playstations - a service he offered to playstation owners. Sony lost. Maybe they'll have to start renting their consoles rather than selling them?

This all comes at a time Record Companies demanding Apple charge more for their iTunes downloads, and then give them a cut. Why? Because they are convinced that iPod sales are driven by the music downloads, not the other way around. What's the word for that? Chutzpah? [sorry, can't find the link to cite]

It's a battle out there. Eventually the consumer is going to need to make a stand on exactly what "fair use" is. Until then, my iPod has half of my CD collection copied over and actively enjoyed during my travel times.

Mark Russinovich researches the Sony DRM rootkit
David Berlind and the Sony DRM issue
ยท Linked Article

Posted by ZenTiger | 11/12/2005 06:30:00 PM

7 Comments:

Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

I posted an article our our new blog about this as well, will probably do a followup in the near future.

http://www.sirhumphreys.com/node/2907

11/12/2005 11:08:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Oops...haven't caught up on all the reading yet. The sotry was getting quite old too from when I first noticed it. Maybe flog it a bit more, just as Sony think its going to all go away.

11/12/2005 11:14:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I wonder if there's a way of getting the post to have a Blogger-like URL.

You can do aliases, but they're really only for static pages.

11/12/2005 11:14:00 PM  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

I quite like the shorter drupal links e.g.

http://sirhumphreys.com/node/2907

ZT: When I have time to write more, DRM is a horse I'm going to start flogging because I believe it needs a bit more attention in the populace. Its scary what the corporates are trying to get away with when it comes to property rights of something you have purchased!

11/12/2005 11:46:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I was thinking purely from a Google site ranking perspective.

11/13/2005 12:00:00 AM  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

I think the amount of content and eventual links will far outweigh keywords in the URL - as there are many factors involved in the pagerank analysis.

11/13/2005 12:24:00 AM  
Blogger Theprophet said...

Zen - the rootkit is only part of the problem.(virus writers are loving it,which is why Sony have officially???? said that this software will not be included on disks at the moment)
Check out this site for further info on what the lovely people at sony are installing on your computer without your knowledge.

www.freedom-to-tinker.com/?p=925

As someone said on a thread I was reading about this matter -
"the only way to get Sony's music safely now is to steal it"

Sony - Gun - Foot

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Allah protect us.

11/14/2005 01:28:00 PM  

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