[NetBehaviour] Boycott Sony

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun Nov 20 17:01:15 CET 2005

Hi Carlos,

LOL- typical, one law for those who wish to control and another law for 
those who just wanna get on with with their thing.

"The irony of a company using code from someone who circumvented DRM to 
develop an even nastier form of DRM - without even saying "Thanks!" - 
will surely feature in geek trivia quizzes for years to come.

The British company that developed the DRM software for Sony, 
First4Internet Ltd, has included free software code covered by the Free 
Software Foundation's LGPL, a cousin of the GPL, amateur sleuths have 

I also found this somewhere else, wehn someone did a system check on 
their comp...

"Last week when I was testing the latest version of RootkitRevealer 
(RKR) I ran a scan on one of my systems and was shocked to see evidence 
of a rootkit. Rootkits are cloaking technologies that hide files, 
Registry keys, and other system objects from diagnostic and security 
software, and they are usually employed by malware attempting to keep 
their implementation hidden (see my “Unearthing Rootkits” article from 
thre June issue of Windows IT Pro Magazine for more information on 
rootkits). The RKR results window reported a hidden directory, several 
hidden device drivers, and a hidden application:"


quote: "Sony's rootkit style DRM software XCP, designed to prevent 
copyright infringement, looks like it's breaching the terms of a 
copyright agreement itself."

 >> Boycott Sony
 >> By Dan Goodin
 >> After weeks of criticism, Sony has finally agreed to temporarily stand
 >> down on an abusive and likely illegal copy -restriction practice. Hold
 >> the applause.
 >> On Friday, the world's second-biggest record label pledged to
 >> temporarily stop making CDs that leave computers vulnerable to security
 >> breaches. This is a step in the right direction, but it does not go
 >> nearly far enough toward correcting a serious ethical lapse. In 
fact, it
 >> is proof positive that Sony is unworthy of our trust or our business.
 >> A lot has been written about this issue already. But a lot more 
needs to
 >> be said to ensure Sony gets the message: This kind of behavior can 
 >> be tolerated. It may be unrealistic to think many will heed this call,
 >> but someone�s got to say it: Boycott Sony. Boycott the company until it
 >> comes clean and recalls all the infected CDs. Boycott it until it
 >> distributes a removal program. Boycott it until it promises never to do
 >> anything like this again.
 >> more...
 >> http://www.wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,69559,00.html?tw=wn_8culthead

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