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Sony BMG faces lawsuit after French software company discovers pirated software on company servers

Sony BMG is pretty well known for acting like the piracy police, recently attacking Baidu, Yahoo, and Sohu. Well, it seems the tables have turned on one of the top music labels. The music giant is being accused of software piracy by French software company, PointDev.

It all began back in November of last year when a Sony employee ran into some trouble with Ideal Migration, software that allows businesses to centralize the administration of servers and client accounts.  The Sony employee contacted PointDev, a company that makes Windows administration tools, for some tech support. After learning that the employee had not registered the software, PointDev did a little digging and discovered that the key that allows customers to use the software beyond the trial version was pirated and had been in use since the end of 2004.

In January, the software maker mandated a bailiff to seize Sony BMG’s assets and found that four of its servers had the illegally installed software, reported European Digital Rights. PointDev CEO, Agustoni Paul-Henry, is claiming €300,000 damage (a little over $475,000) but has made it a point that this is not about the money.

"We are not interested in an amicable settlement. It is not just a question of money but more importantly in principle," claimed Paul-Henry.   He also took a bold stance stating, “According to the Business Software Alliance, an association of the major publishers in the market, 47% of programs used in the company would be unlawfully in France ...”

The question remains if this was the work of a single employee or if Sony BMG was behind this. PointDev CEO sure has his opinion on the matter. “I think piracy is linked to the policy of a company. If the employee has the necessary funding to buy the software they need, it will. If this is not the case, he will find alternative ways, as the work must be done in one way or another."

What makes this so interesting is the level of hypocrisy on the part of Sony BMG. After spending much time chasing music pirates, puckering their lips as the MPAA and RIAA take a bow, and even going as far as installing rootkits on customers’ computer to fight piracy, the music label has finally taken a right hook square in the jaw.

Sony BMG has declined to comment and seems quite upset that this was even made public, possibly giving credence to PointDev’s claim about the company’s policy. 

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Do as I say, not as I do
By jhinoz on 4/1/2008 4:54:58 AM , Rating: 4
anyone else not surprised?

RE: Do as I say, not as I do
By just4U on 4/1/2008 8:32:34 AM , Rating: 5
Nope not surprised. I realized awhile back that If my grandmother was guilty of it (one of the most law abiding people i ever knew) then so were the people trying to combat it.

Now if they could catch Metallica at it ... that would be icing on the cake! :D

RE: Do as I say, not as I do
By mmntech on 4/1/2008 9:48:26 AM , Rating: 2
Nope. Wasn't Sony accused of patent infringement during the rootkit debacle. I think it was some Australian company that said Sony had used their code for the rootkit without permission.

I have mixed opinions about Sony. On one hand they do something really good for consumers (no region coding on PS3/PSP games) but on the other hand, they have this long list of sly, underhanded measures to treat average Joe like a common criminal.
Piracy will be greatly reduced if you actually make a product that's worth the money. Lets face it, there's a ton of movies, music, and games out there that aren't worth anywhere near the sticker price.

RE: Do as I say, not as I do
By AlexWade on 4/1/2008 11:26:12 AM , Rating: 1
Sony does very little good for consumers. Microsoft does more good for consumers than Sony, and Microsoft is probably guilty of rigging a vote for a standard. Sony is worse than Microsoft. I sarcastically say Sony conspires with Rambus, SCO, and Qualcomm to see who can screw consumers the most.

RE: Do as I say, not as I do
By chmilz on 4/1/2008 2:43:39 PM , Rating: 2
Forget Metallica, the icing will be when they accuse an employee, search his workstation, and find none other than pirated music! <zomg!> <gasp!>

I wonder if anyone at Sony owns an MP3 player?

trumpet this far and wide
By LumbergTech on 3/31/2008 7:52:25 PM , Rating: 5
this needs to get out so that people understand the type of people are dealing with..

if you want to have an honest discussion about fighting piracy and why users pirate and how to convince them to purchase thats one thing..but we know better than that BMG /RIAA/MPAA..we arent just want the money and could give a shit for ethics just like the people you accuse.

RE: trumpet this far and wide
By just4U on 4/1/2008 8:28:21 AM , Rating: 1
If they would have a honest discussion about it all..

They'd realize that our entire civilization is guilty of some form of copyright infringement/piracy or what have you. Once they realize that perhaps the powers that be might be more inclined to approach it all from a very different perspective.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov

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