Band Takes Matter Into Own Hands Over Sony Rootkit Debacle
0 (0)

The Internet Patrol - Patrolling the Internet for You
Rate this post!
 

Apparently feeling that Sony BMG is not doing enough to fix things for fans who purchased their CDs, following the Sony rootkit fiasco at least one band is providing fans with rootkit-free replacement CDs at no charge.

Of course, it all started when it was revealed that certain music CDs shipped by Sony had the equivalent of a rootkit in the form of Sony’s DRM (digital rights management) software. That software was provided to Sony by First4Internet.


Then it was compounded with the discovery of a second security flaw on the Sony CDs, created by MediaMax software that was also included on the CDs.

Sony released a statement, offering to allow customers to exchange the suspect CDs for copies without the software in question.

But at least one band under contract to Sony, and whose CDs were among those affected, apparently thinks that Sony offered too little, too late, and others are clearly unhappy as well.

No Paywall Here!
The Internet Patrol is and always has been free. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to run the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep the Internet Patrol free?
Click for amount options
Other Amount:
What info did you find here today?:

 

Sony artist My Morning Jacket, whose album “Z” was one of those affected, started mailing their own, unprotected copies of Z even before the news of the second issue hit. As soon as My Morning Jacket’s fans started complaining that the DRM software was making it impossible to transfer songs from their CDs to their iPods, the band went into action, sending the unprotected CDs to any fan who complained, explained My Morning Jacket’s manager, Mike Martinovich. “It should have been enough that fans are annoyed,” he said.

And a statement on Santana’s website sums up what many other Sony recording artists must be feeling when they say “We have never been in a position where our music has caused harm, and we feel extremely sad and angry that we have caused our fans distress with what we intended would bring you joy.”

Amen.

 

Recommended reading (click on picture for details)
Digital Rights Management: Business and Technology

No Paywall Here!
The Internet Patrol is and always has been free. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to run the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep the Internet Patrol free?
Click for amount options
Other Amount:
What info did you find here today?:

Rate this post!
 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.