Category Archives: Digital Rights Management DRM

Lawyers as Janitors?

Jeff Angus, a “knowledge management and restructuring consultant”, writing in eWeek about the Sony DRM situation, blames the lawyers. I know people like to blame lawyers for most things that go wrong, but I’d be very surprised that the law department at Sony would have made the decision to use DRM technology, selected the specific DRM used or performed any testing/due diligence prior to incorporating it into the Sony CDs. Judging by Mr. Angus’ other comments, sounds like he just hates lawyers.
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Texas sues Sony over XCP DRM

According to AP (as reported in the Globe and Mail), the State of Texas has sued Sony BMG Music under its new anti-spyware legislation saying that the XCP anti-piracy code installed by Sony music CDs leaves computers vulnerable to hackers.

Sony had already announced a recall of the discs last week, to be replaced with non-protected CDs, and has even offered to allow previous purchases to obtain MP3 versions of the music.