Sony Copy Protected CDs

Sony BMGI’ve put off writing about this for a while but, being a music site, and due to the recent article I just read, I think I better just in case any of you haven’t heard about it yet.
Up until about a week ago (after preasure from the media), a few copy protcted music CDs from Sony used a certain piece of software to accomplish the copy protection on them. To cut a long story short, said software wasn’t very nice, nor well written. Although you were allowed to play the CDs on a PC, anyone doing so would have the software used by Sony installed on their machine without notice. Now, like I say, I was just gonna post about that on it’s own, but, being such a crappy piece of software, there’s now a virus doing the rounds that takes advantage of it, so I figured I better let you know sooner rather than later.
So basically, if you’ve stuck a copy protected Sony music CD anywhere near your PC lately, specifically one of these lot (or indeed, are planning to, as they’ve not been withdrawn) then, well, there’s not much you can do as Sony’s fix seems to cause even more problems. Oh and, it’s not like they’ve stopped using crappy copy protection software either.
The moral of the story? Stay away from copy protected CDs. You really, really don’t know what could be on them. You’re much better off getting music from an unprotected sorce and play it wherever you damn well please without interferance. And if they ain’t gonna sell it you, well, what can you do, eh? Hopefully no one else *cough*warners*cough* will be as stupid as Sony.
UPDATE: Officially, the UK CDs don’t contain the software in question. Really, I wouldn’t trust them at all. And err, here’s an article on copy protected digital downloads, nicely reminding you that Microsoft’s Plays For Sure technology surely won’t play on your favourite music player. Good job there’s so many kind souls out there willing to provide you with un-restricted copies then :o )
UPDATE 2: Oh it just gets better and better. Said “copy protection” software also happens to infringe copyright on the LAME music encoder. And you really don’t wanna be using that uninstaller either.

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One Response to “Sony Copy Protected CDs”

  1. Denyer says:

    Incidentally, if anyone is actually misinformed enough to have not turned autorun off on their PC, now would be a great time to (reinstall, possibly, and) do so.

    Class-action lawsuit in California:

    Not in UK discs, apparently…

    They’d better hope not, because some countries have far more particular laws about systems misuse.

    Oh, and you know you have a PR problem when the people who brought America the Patriot Act publically put the boot in.

    "I wanted to raise one point of caution as we go forward, because we are also responsible for maintaining the security of the information infrastructure of the United States and making sure peoples’ [and] businesses’ computers are secure. … There’s been a lot of publicity recently about tactics used in pursuing protection for music and DVD CDs in which questions have been raised about whether the protection measures install hidden files on peoples’ computers that even the system administrators can?t find."

    "It’s very important to remember that it’s your intellectual property — it’s not your computer. And in the pursuit of protection of intellectual property, it’s important not to defeat or undermine the security measures that people need to adopt in these days."

    "If we have an avian flu outbreak here and it is even half as bad as the 1918 flu epidemic, we will be enormously dependent on being able to get remote access for a large number of people, and keeping the infrastructure functioning is a matter of life and death and we take it very seriously."

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