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· The Hunter
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Story can be found here.

This really makes me feel glad I don't listen to any music being published by Sony, seeing it installs stuff worse than spyware on my computer.

There's a few interesting posts underneath the blog, I'll quote a few.

INAL, but this appears to be illegal in the State of California, punishable by a $1000 fine per computer affected.

California Business & Protections Code Section 22947.3, Paragraph C:

A person or entity that is not an authorized user, as defined in Section 22947.1, shall not, with actual knowledge, with conscious avoidance of actual knowledge, or willfully, cause computer software to be copied onto the computer of a consumer in this state and use the software to do any of the following:
...
(c) Prevent, without the authorization of an authorized user, an authorized user's reasonable efforts to block the installation of, or to disable, software, by doing any of the following:
(1) Presenting the authorized user with an option to decline
installation of software with knowledge that, when the option is
selected by the authorized user, the installation nevertheless proceeds.
(2) Falsely representing that software has been disabled.

This is some horribly written legislation (difficult to parse), but it appears that you must be able to specifically decline to install software (regardless of EULA conditions).
Hi,

If this is a British company, or one which operates from the UK then they may have fallen foul of UK law, specifically the Computer Misuse Act 1990 as follows:

"3.-(1) A person is guilty of an offence if-
he does any act which causes an unauthorised modification of the contents of any computer; and
at the time when he does the act he has the requisite intent and the requisite knowledge.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)(b) above the requisite intent is an intent to cause a modification of the contents of any computer and by so doing-
to impair the operation of any computer;
to prevent or hinder access to any program or data held in any computer; or
to impair the operation of any such program or the reliability of any such data.

(3) The intent need not be directed at-
any particular computer;
any particular program or data or a program or data of any particular kind; or
any particular modification or a modification of any particular kind.

(4) For the purposes of subsection (1)(b) above the requisite knowledge is knowledge that any modification he intends to cause is unauthorised.
(5) It is immaterial for the purposes of this section whether an unauthorised modification or any intended effect of it of a kind mentioned in subsection (2) above is, or is intended to be, permanent or merely temporary.
"

It would seems that this law would apply to any UK citizen who's PC was affected by this software. It would be interesting to see what the consiquences of this would be for the company in question.

Kind Regards

Simon
 

· The Hunter
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Today I read an article in the "newspaper" (metro :p ) about sony taking back all those cd's with that protection. My mom has got one Celine Dion cd and I think it has been published by Sony, is their any easy way to see if that POS rootkit is running on our family pc? Maybe I can sue them ;)

Time to take revenge for what they did to Bleem :evil:
 

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I dunno, now that I was reading it again it wasn't exactly clear. It was talking about several million cds having the 'protection' on it. 5 Million cds were distributed of which 2 million ended up with consumer in the States. This kinda confused me, it could mean the rest ended up somewhere else in the world, or they are still in US waiting to be sold.
 

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The more I read about them, the more I start to dislike them in a serious way. (all the Sony bashing for their PoS2 is just fun you know :p )

Read this article. "What you don't know can't hurt you"

What an arrogant statement, not to mention that it CAN hurt you. Even if you don't know anything about rootkits and stuff, it is still possible that someone from the outside might do damage to your belongings by getting your computer infected with a virus.
 

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Player-X said:
And I wonder when will they realise that the real pirates can will and probaly have already cracked it making the pirated version superior
You can find facts and slam them in their face and they still do not want to see it... Just like how every downloaded album was not going to be sold in the first place.
 
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