Sony Shipping Spyware from SunnComm, Too


What few people realize is that Sony uses another copy protection program, SunnCommís MediaMax, on other discs in their catalog, and that this system presumably is not included in the moratorium. Though MediaMax doesnít resort to concealing itself with a rootkit, it does behave in several ways that are characteristic of spyware.

I originally wrote about MediaMax back in 2003. It was the first copy restricting technology that installed software in an attempt to block ripping and copying. SunnComm has continued to develop its anti-copying tools, and today MediaMax is distributed on albums from Sony-BMG and several smaller labels. Sony titles that use MediaMax include Grown and Sexy by Babyface and Z by My Morning Jacket. These discs arenít hard to spot; the back album covers usually contain a label that includes a sunncomm.com URL. Freedom to Tinker Ľ Blog Archive Ľ Sony Shipping Spyware from SunnComm, Too

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 15th November 2005 8:45PM