Music Industry Asking For Radio To Pay For Play
Tue Nov 22 10:55:14 EST 2005
> >On another related note, I read somewhere about Sony having put some
> >sort of hard to detect, harder to remove spyware into their CDs that
> >will automatically load if you try to play them in a PC. Apparently
> >it was an attempt to make the music copy-proof. I understand that
> >several lawsuits have been filed.
> It is true, they essentially did this. However, they initially did not
> inform the purchaser/user that the software was being installed. Later CDs
> had miniscule fine print informing the user that it would happen and that
> could circumvent it by not placing the CD in their computer. The hue &
> cry over this resulted in Sony/BMG discontinuing the practice, although
> there are an untold number of CDs in the retail chain that still contain
> this little bugger. Sony has supplied a program that will remove the
> offending software.
However, said program doesn't work right in many cases. Also, the original
spyware has been classified as 'malicious software' by all the anti-virus
software companies, such as McAfee and Symantec.
Makes me all the more glad that I only use Macs for all my personally-owned
computers. They're immune to every last one of the PC viruses.
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