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Sony choosing poor corporate behavior over high integrity

Posted by direwolff on November 3, 2005

Well, it's not like the music industry hasn't sufferred enough black eyes the past couple of years for its poor choice of actions in the whole digitization and distribution of music online.  Thanks to Apple, it seems to be making a comeback of sorts, but now Sony goes and does a silly thing with its CDs.

Sony is automatically and surreptitiously installing software on people's computers when they play a music CD from any of Sony BMG artists.  Specifically, "The software, called Extended Copy Protection (or XCP) uses rootkit techniques similar to those used by viruses, Trojan horse programs, and spyware to hide the fact that it is installed from the user."

How sad.  Read more about this and educate others around you as this is a travesty and stoops to the level those releasing malicious viruses.  How do you convince people that deploying viruses are bad, when such activities are propogated by Fortune 500 companies.  Very dissappointing indeed.

Here's the full PC World article on this. 


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