The Tamper Proof Container, Rootkits, and the Sony Rant


All over the Internet all I see are people ranting and whining about how evil Sony is. Well, this is my rant about Sony. At the risk of taking a controversial position, I am going to have to side with Sony on this one. I believe it is entirely within Sonyís rights to use rootkit technology to protect their intellectual property. (knee jerkers, why donít you ignore the rest of my article and start flame posting now?). That being said, my opinion is that Sony made two very large mistakes. Number one, they did not inform the consumers of their intentions. This resulted in a public relations nightmare. Customers felt violated because they werenít given a choice. Secondly, Sonyís product was poorly engineered ( see this analysis ). The technology could not be easily removed once it was installed, and even worse, it exposed the computer to severe security vulnerabilities. This is unexcusable. Most certainly, Sony should recall the CDís and pay for damages. But, neither of these two mistakes have anything to do with Sonyís right to protect their intellectual property. Repeat: neither of these two mistakes have anything to do with Sonyís right to protect their intellectual property. rootkit.com

Linked by shanmuga Monday, 12th December 2005 11:48PM