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November 5, 2005

Sony and DRM, Yet More Developments

The researcher who discovered and publicized Sony's controversial DRM software now contends that the patch Sony issued earlier in the week can crash Windows computers under some circumstances.  Mark Russinovich published more research on the patch that also raises privacy issues.  The software and patch come from First 4 Internet, a U.K. based company.  Matthew Gilliat-Smith, CEO of the company, called the statements about computer crashes "pure conjecture."

The software does apparently communicates with Sony whenever a copy protected CD is played on computer with the DRM installed.  Sony spokesman John McKay said "No information ever gets gathered, that's for sure." 

The latest on this from PC World is here.  Has there ever been an industry that holds its customers in such low regard that it resorts to such heavy handed tactics?

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