RIAA Chief Defends Rootkit
Sony/BMG response 'very responsible'
RIAA President Cary Sherman on Sony/BMG's controversial DRM (via Boing Boing
): "How many times that software applications created the same problem? Lots. I wonder whether they've taken as aggressive steps as SonyBMG has when those vulnerabilities were discovered, or did they just post a patch on the Internet?"
There is the stealth drivers installed by Starforce
, which we've complained about frequently, but remains in use because it is seemingly slowing pirated PC game releases to Bit Torrent networks.
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Uh... Mr. Sherman... didn't Sony also violate the DMCA by using code protected under the GPL? So is it, or isn't it okay to copy IP? We just want to make backup copies for personal use while Sony used it for financial gain. Care to explain that one?
So why aren't our elected politicians calling for a senate hearing on this one? IMO, this is MUCH more important than steroid use by a bunch of overpaid sports `professionals'. This might even be something that the DHS should be interested in. Why isn't the media/news making a bigger issue of this?
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And every time Sony or anyone else tries to do something stupid by 'protecting' their CD's (suncomm, remember them?), it drives more and more people to not care. If you treat your customers like thieves, then they will be thieves. Why is that concept so hard to grasp.. Maybe, just MAYBE if they priced it reasonably, people wouldn't be driven to copy. If the consumer doesn't feel they are getting a good deal, they will either
a) copy from a friend
b) download from the internet
c) just not use it..
Note: What's missing from that list? Paying for it.. Noone willingly pays for something if they don't think they are getting a value for their money.
Sure the internet has lots of porn and piracy, but I'm sure there's a downside to it.