Sony stops DRM cd's - temporarily

Sony stops DRM cd's - temporarily

Summary: Sony BMG announced today they will stop producing cd's with the DRM rootkit technology. But, according to the eWeek article, it's temporary.

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Sony BMG announced today they will stop producing cd's with the DRM rootkit technology. But, according to the eWeek article, it's temporary. So what does that mean?  There is no indication of duration of "temporary" or what happens next.  Meanwhile, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is seeking peoples' stories for a possible class action lawsuit.

EFF is collecting stories from EFF members and supporters who have purchased Sony-BMG CDs that contained the "rootkit" copy protection software. We've previously posted at least a partial list of CDs infected here

We're considering whether the effect on the public, or on EFF members, is sufficiently serious to merit a lawsuit.

If you satisfy the following criteria, we would like to hear from you:

1. you have a Windows computer;
2. First 4 Internet's "xcp" copy protection has been installed on your computer from a Sony CD (for more details, see our blog post referenced above or SysInternals blog);
3. you reside in either California or New York;
4. you are willing to participate in litigation.

We have not made any final decisions about filing any legal action, but we would like to hear from music fans who have been harmed by the Sony-BMG "rootkit" copy protection technology. Please contact allison@eff.org.

Other websites have published lists of DRM rootkit affected cd's, here and here.  Sony BMG is taking a real whippin' at Amazon.com in customers reviews of Van Zant's Get Right with the Man cd. I'd like to know what the artists are saying about this. If anyone has links to artists' statements, please post them in the talkbacks.  I did read a few mentions of artists speaking out agaimst the use of DRM last week, but I can't find the links now.

Some links via SunbeltBLOG.

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  • Sony stops "temporarily," I stop permanently

    As in I stop buying Sony crap permanently. How can I trust them again? They obviously don't care about their customers (you know, the people who actually have a choice as to what they buy). Between this, putting self-destruct in the Blu-ray player spec, and patenting a way to tie games to the first console they are played on, it's pretty darned clear to me that Sony is out to screw their customers and try to assert a level of control over things after they are sold far beyond what has ever been seen before.

    It's not about "piracy," and never was. It's about selling things to people without really selling them so that they could make more money.

    To blazes with Sony.
    mobrien_129
  • Sony stops "temporarily," I stop permanently

    As in I stop buying Sony crap permanently. How can I trust them again? They obviously don't care about their customers (you know, the people who actually have a choice as to what they buy). Between this, putting self-destruct in the Blu-ray player spec, and patenting a way to tie games to the first console they are played on, it's pretty darned clear to me that Sony is out to screw their customers and try to assert a level of control over things after they are sold far beyond what has ever been seen before.

    It's not about "piracy," and never was. It's about selling things to people without really selling them so that they could make more money.

    To blazes with Sony.
    mobrien_129
    • sorry about the dupe

      ZDNET's message board sorta borked.
      mobrien_129