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Beware Sony Copy Protected CDs
Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far

It is a bit geeky of an article, but the overall message is chilling. The DRM software on some CDs will install software on your Windows PC that will sap performance, even when not listening to the CD, possibly destabilize the system, and will cause system damage if you try to remove it using standard tools.

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I am: angry angry
Current Media: office buzz

also_huey From: also_huey Date: November 1st, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Motherfuckers. This is what I was ranting about yesterday on IRC.

As soon as I get a free moment to burn a clean, audio-only copy of Switchfoot "Nothing Is Sound", I'll make the original malware copy available to anybody who wants to deconstruct it...
buran From: buran Date: November 1st, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
So, when is someone going to let themselves get infected and then go sue under computer abuse and trespass and hacking laws?
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buran From: buran Date: November 1st, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Which part of "failing to ask consent" and "trespass" and "illegal hack tools" is suddenly not a suable offense? If I didn't give consent in the first place, I can uninstall anything I want. I have to give consent for them to have a legitimate reason to sue me, and consent was not given. You cannot sue somebody for removing anything from their property that you did not have permission to put there and you are the trespasser. You have no leg to stand on.
From: ninjarat Date: November 1st, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
The RIAA's position is that the music is not yours. You don't own the disc. You don't own the contents of the disc. If you do anything at all with their discs and their content then you implicitly agree to their license terms.

I still want to see a court slap it down.

Of course, Sony/BMG also offers workarounds for their own playback restriction system:
buran From: buran Date: November 1st, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
What was on the disk that installed the rootkit other than the rootkit is a moot point. It's hacking tools that were installed without user consent. The article I read on this specifically stated that the guy who found this on his computer looked hard for any kind of disclosure or agreement and did not find anything. Hence, he never agreed to install anything on his computer at all, hence this is hacking and trespass.

He never waived his property rights, hence he can remove trespassers at any time. Heck, if you allow someone on your property and later revoke permission, that person is guilty of trespass if they don't leave immediately. Try staying in your local grocery store after they tell you that you've been asked to leave, and see how long it takes the cops to show up and eject you. Once a property owner revokes your permission to stay, you MUST leave IMMEDIATELY.

In this case, permission was revoked the moment the computer owner discovered the rootkit hack and began removing it. The fact that entry was gained without consent or disclosure just strengthens his case since it isn't a "well, I said you could be there once but I changed my mind", it's "you never asked me if you could be there in the first place and I am removing you with prejuduce", which means you're guilty of trespass twice, at least the way I see it.
From: ninjarat Date: November 1st, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'm not disagreeing with you.
buran From: buran Date: November 1st, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
No, I know. Just trying to elaborate on my position. Sorry if it seemed otherwise.
dornbeast From: dornbeast Date: November 2nd, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Okay, visualize this:

I buy the Sony CD.
I install it.
I uninstall it, using the program provided on the CD.

If there's anything left, I sue Sony for stealing my processor time.
chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: November 9th, 2005 01:45 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Looks like the mainstream media picked up on this either yesterday or today:

Boston Globe Article