Sony Sues Rootkit Developer Over Faulty Music CDs
July 12, 2007 5:00 PM
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Users sued Sony; Sony sues its partner
Early last year the Electronics Frontier Foundation went very public with Sony BMG and its case regarding music CDs sold with a copy protection called MediaMax. Developed by a company called The Amergence Group Inc., customers complained that
Sony's music discs caused a number of discs to be unreadable
on their computers. The biggest complaint was that customers were unable to extract tracks for playback in other devices.
Because of all the lawsuits and complaints, Sony was forced to settle litigations with $5.75 million USD. This week,
Sony BMG filed a lawsuit against Amergence
alleging MediaMax did not perform as expected.
Using rootkit technology, MediaMax installed low level software on a user's computer system without permission from the user. Rootkits often cause problems and many users complained Sony's discs using MediaMax even forced them to have to reformat their systems.
Sony BMG seeks roughly $12 million USD in damages from Amergence. Representatives from Amergence disagreed with Sony's lawsuit and said Sony's claims were unwarranted. Amergence also noted that discs exhibiting problems used different types of technologies Amergence did not supply.
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RE: <no subject>
7/12/2007 6:04:28 PM
I would image that the rootkit was pretty much designed and written to Sony's specs, except as the OP said - not sneaky enough.
Maybe Sony is sueing because it didn't piss off enough customers...
RE: <no subject>
7/13/2007 9:14:52 AM
Probably they paid for a 100% sealth-mode rootkit... but they forgot people nowadays have wayyy wayyy wayyy more general knowledge, information is spread quickly on the net, and there are more available skilled programmers today online than ever.
They paid someone else to do their evil-dirty work, probably because they expected to never be caught on the rootkit. This guys probably sold them the idea of a realiable and undetectable solution, and sony paid.
So, with the Ps3 bleeding money at an amazing rate, the accountants are probably revising where the money is draining, and they probably are asking why did they pay for that "copy protection system" to someone else, and then get sued for their work... I can even imagine it..
<Sony CEO> "remember we paid a bunch of money to those guys to do the evil transparently?... we got caught and i want that money back"
<Lawyer firm> "Mmm... i've read the contract and the clause 1.2b in the section 2.3.c.45 of the 'transparent malware rootkit design' has something we could use against them to bring money back home"
<S_ceo> "Yeahhh... Go for them!"
<L_firm> [thinks]Lol... another bunch of money!!
The problem of sony is their arcane bussiness logic. The world has changed! Technological IP is just an addon... a goodie! Nothing to force people on!
We all use standards, both software-wise and hardware-wise, and people are no longer wanting to have new expensive toys with closed standards, crippling their freedom and raising their prices.
Sony thinks the closed-IP hw/sw-wise they add, turn into value for customers, but that logic is FLAWED!
RE: <no subject>
7/13/2007 6:15:20 PM
quite simply, if the contract states the software was to be transparent to the customer, and clearly it wasnt, then that would be a contract violation.
even so, its seems that sony got caught red handed, and now, red faced with shame, they want the finger of blame pointed elsewhere at a time when they really need trust for both blu ray and the ps3 to take off.
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