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Gary Thornock's Weblog » More articles on the Sony rootkit
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11th Nov, 2005

More articles on the Sony rootkit


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Molly Wood at CNET has a lengthy editorial on the Sony DRM rootkit.

EFF has a list of CD titles known to include the rootkit, and an analysis of the EULA that comes with those CDs (which is a ridiculous notion in its own right: Who ever heard of an end user license agreement for a CD??!!??)

EFF is also considering legal action against Sony. From their email newsletter:

EFF is collecting stories from EFF members and supporters who have purchased Sony-BMG CDs that contained the rootkit copy protection software. We're considering whether the effect on the public, or on EFF members, is sufficiently serious to merit EFF filing 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 the SysInternals blog, http://www.sysinternals.com/blog/2005/10/sony-rootkits-and-digital-rights.html);
3. You reside in either California or New York; and
4. You are willing to participate in litigation.

We have not made a final decision 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 for more information.

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