Inside the Spyware Scandal Part 2
When Sony originally hired First 4 Internet, it wasn't to build a DRM system for consumer CDs. According to press interviews with First 4 Internet executives months before the rootkit scandal broke, it was to deter copying of pre release music by the label's own employees and contractors, and other recipients.
The company's first DRM product, XCP1, rendered the music session on multisession CD-Rs, the type of recordable CD used in music studios, unplayable by computers. That ability was attractive not just to Sony BMG but also to its three major rivals, Universal, EMI, and Warner Music Group, all of which had licensed XCP1 by 2002. Technology Review: Emerging Technologies and their Impact
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