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>
7/13/2007 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.
"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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