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Thursday, November 10, 2005


Well, everyone is all abuzz ... guess I'm relatively slow on the uptake, but I'm going to throw in 2 cents:

Trey Anastasio: You are one of the most influential and versatile artists of your generation. I have eagerly anticipated your latest release for some time. As it turns out, I wasn't able to purchase the disc immediately ... and thank God. Now of course I will not. The good news is that Drawing Restraint 9, which I've also been awaiting, is RIAA-free


Mainstream media: Please remember this episode next time industry execs are spouting off about how they're just trying to make sure the artists get paid, etc. Ask them whether they're positive that the way to do this is to infect any computer that plays their CDs with a laughably insecure rootkit. Not that there's such thing as a secure rootkit.

General Public: Join me. Get off the RIAA's grid, permanently. Previously this was a proposal for people who had really unusual (i.e. rational) theories about the meaning of "intellectual property" and the origins of human creativity. Now it's a proposal for anyone who wants their computers to continue working even after they listen to music with them.

I've killed a couple hours reading up on this story 'cause it's so damn fascinating. It's like a catalog of all the reasons why people need to start making stands against this stuff.

Mark is (correctly) averse to the requirement that you add your email address to Sony's list in order to get their rootkit off your machine. This is because their privacy policy has the standard clause: "we may share the information we collect from you with our affiliates or send you e-mail promotions and special offers from reputable third parties in whose products and services we think you may have an interest. We may also share your information with reputable third-parties who may contact you directly" (Src). Which, of course, means you're on the Oh-Please-Call-Me list.

But wait! Sony says it's not so! "The wording on the web site is the standard Sony BMG corporate privacy policy that is put on all Sony web sites. Sony BMG does nothing with the customer service data (email addresses) other than use them to respond to the consumer."

Paraphrase: "Yes, we make you agree to allow us to do X, Y, and Z. But we aren't going to do those things. Trust us."

-You install a rootkit that phones home, then publically deny that you did this or that it does this.
-When pressed you say that it doesn't matter 'cause no one knows what a rootkit is anyway (Src).
-The uninstaller again fails to disclose what it is doing
-From what I hear, your website instructs the user how to grant herself admin privileges in XP, so that they can run your stuff. (Src -- ? Was mentioned in the Security Now broadcast)

Having therefore done four Very Dangerous things no one gave you permission to do, I am supposed to trust you not to do a moderately-annoying thing that I did give you permission to do?


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