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Fri, Nov. 4th, 2005, 09:33 am
Sony's DRM

Sony BMG, the only major record label that refused to sign up to the Apple iTunes Australia store, has been caught red-handed taking Digital Rights Management measures that put a trojan onto Windows computers. It puts files disguised as device drivers onto the computer. Attempts to remove the files may end up in your CD/DVD drive being disabled.

The DRM does allow limited copies of the music to be made, but not in a form playable on iPods. Sony blame Apple for this, even suggesting that people complain to Apple, despite that it’s Sony’s DRM that stops it working.

Article here

Thu, Nov. 3rd, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
cvisors

What is even funnier, is one can use sonys DRM software, to hide cheating software for World of Warcraft.

*sigh* I think I will just avoid getting anything from sony.

-Ivy

Thu, Nov. 3rd, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
madefromstars

It's so wrong.

I think this is the most brilliant case of handballing: Sony blame Apple for this, even suggesting that people complain to Apple, despite that it’s Sony’s DRM that stops it working

You can just imagine how fun it's going to be for the poor bunnies on Apple's helpdesk.

Thu, Nov. 3rd, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
vastneonwolf

Crap!
Nasty bastards!

Fri, Nov. 4th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
euro_trash_girl

bunch o' bastids!

Fri, Nov. 4th, 2005 10:22 am (UTC)
bobfirth

I've read the analysis. It's frankly disturbing stuff.

1. It patches the CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drivers at a level lower than the operating system drivers, to intercept calls.
2. It renames one of it's executables to "Plug and Play Device Manager" in an attempt to hide it.
3. It hides files from the user in a similar way to malware (install Sony software, rename any "file" to "$sys$file", watch it vanish)
4. It doesn't provide an uninstall routine as specified in the EULA.
5. It doesn't ask confirmation before installing. That's in direct contravention of one Californian law, AFAIK.

Funnily, it works and rips fine in a Mac. Go figure :-)

Tue, Jan. 17th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
sendai

Yah, copy protected CDs went from accidentallyrooting Macs up to purposefully rooting Windows up...

Pardon the late reply, random flist browsing...