The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
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.

Recent Headlines - Updated July 24th

Wed,7:35 PM
ACM 264: Diving Deep into Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited
6:10 PM
Apple Granted ‘iTime’ Patent for Wearable Mobile Electronic Device (Plus Wristband)
4:10 PM
UAG Scout iPad Air Case Offers Full Protection
3:30 PM
How to Upgrade Your Mac to Python 3
3:09 PM
8 UI Kits For iOS 8: $24.99
1:27 PM
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-23
10:52 AM
OS X Yosemite Public Beta Coming July 24
9:40 AM
Wells Fargo: AAPL Q3 was Meh, but the Future Looks Bright
8:45 AM
iPhoto: A Shortcut to Help Fix Red-Eye
Tue,8:30 PM
Class-Action Suit Against Apple for Alleged Labor Violations
8:04 PM
Apple Buys 29 Companies (plus Beats) in 21 months, 5 Since March
6:40 PM
Apple’s Tim Cook Says iPad Sales Behind IBM Partnership
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!