Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Shitty Bands like Sony's XCP copy protection

The fine people over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have provided a list of known carriers of Sony’s love letter to music consumers, a copy-protection Trojan horse call XCP.
Sony-BMG has been using copy-protection technology called XCP in its recent CDs. You insert your CD into your Windows PC, click "agree" in the pop up window, and the CD automatically installs software that uses rootkit techniques to cloak itself from you.
The program then sits on your computer, monitoring your activity in order to prevent "piracy" that evil pricks like you get up to with your insidious nano-robot technology. Bad, evil things like making extra copies of your CDs or favorite songs. And of course, there is no "uninstall" feature on this program.
So, now Sony-BMG is being half-assed contrite and is issuing a patch that supposedly "uncloaks" the XCP software, but what it actually does in leave a big gaping smoking hole by which evil doers may enter to frolic and gambol through your hard drive like lambs.
Macs, of course, seem to be immune once again. And if the list of infected cds below is any indication, people with taste may have nothing to worry about as well (note that this is probably just a partial list):
Trey Anastasio, Shine (Columbia)
Celine Dion, On ne Change Pas (Epic)
Neil Diamond, 12 Songs (Columbia)
Our Lady Peace, Healthy in Paranoid Times (Columbia)
Chris Botti, To Love Again (Columbia)
Van Zant, Get Right with the Man (Columbia)
Switchfoot, Nothing is Sound (Columbia)
The Coral, The Invisible Invasion (Columbia)
Acceptance, Phantoms (Columbia)
Susie Suh, Susie Suh (Epic)
Amerie, Touch (Columbia)
Life of Agony, Broken Valley (Epic)
The Bad Plus, Suspicious Activity (Columbia)
The Dead 60s, The Dead 60s (Epic)
Dion, The Essential Dion (Columbia Legacy)
Natasha Bedingfield, Unwritten (Epic)
Ricky Martin, Life (Columbia)
So, how do you know if that Erasure CD you’ve had your eye on is infected like Celine Dion’s gums? Look on the spine of the CD case for the words "CONTENT PROTECTED" and the IFPI logo (the letters IFPI in lowercase italic).

There’s also another copy protection scheme that goes by the moniker SunnComm, which is just as evil, but hasn’t been found to fuck up anybody’s property. Yet.

For the record, I bought one copy-protected CD that flat-out would not work on my PC at work: Kings of Leon’s A-Ha Heartache. Dicks.

Fuck Sony.

SONY IS EVIL UPDATE: Sony is getting sued for price fixing in the UK, gounging online retailers. Bastard fuck bastards. They would love to set the calender back to 1995, when they understood their own marketplace.

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Blogger Crackpot Press said...

Most of these bands I don't even know. But I am going through an old school hip hop phase right now.

Well it is nice to know that most I have bever heard of and are therefore not on my computer!

But with performers such as Dion, Ricky Martin, Neil Diamond and Celine Dion... is it to early to declare a conspiracy against the
gay community and old jewish women...

IS it?

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