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Sony BMG Copy Protection Backfires

Sony BMG Copy Protection Backfires

by , 11:55 AM EST, November 10th, 2005

Hidden copy protection software that installs on Windows PCs when playing music CDs from Sony BMG's label has computer users up in arms. To make matters worse, hackers have created a virus that exploits the copy protection software, according to a Reuters article. Mac users remain unaffected.

Sony's music copy protection software is considered by many to be nothing more than a virus itself, because it installs on Windows machines without authorization, and hides its code so that it is almost impossible to find. This new virus, called Stinx-E, hides itself inside Sony's copy protection code.

Since the virus, and Sony BMG's copy protection software are for Windows only, Mac users are unaffected. On the other hand, this also precludes many music CDs from playing in a Mac.

Sony's move has managed to alienate both sides of the OS camp. Windows users are angry because "rootkit" software is installed without authorization, which led to the filing of a class action lawsuit against Sony in early November, and Mac users can't play the CDs.

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