List of Affected Albums
Sony BMG will have a big job ahead of it as it tries to replace all copies of controversial copy protection software, according to a computer security expert, who says that he has evidence there are more than 500,000 versions of the program installed worldwide.
Yet more on the Sony/BMG rookit fiasco: Princeton professor Ed Felten over at Freedom to Tinker now claims the DRM's uninstaller opens up a security hole of its own. Sony/BMG stated they'd be removing the impacted CDs from store shelves yesterday, and released a statement saying they'd exchange affected CDs for DRM free versions. "Sony BMG deeply regrets any inconvenience to our customers and remains committed to providing an enjoyable and safe music experience," states the company.
The spyware that Sony installs on the computers of music fans does not even seem to be correct in terms of copyright law.
This software is licensed under the so called Lesser Gnu Public License (LGPL). According to this license Sony must comply with a couple of demands. Amongst others, they have to indicate in a copyright notice that they make use of the software. The company must also deliver the source code to the open-source libraries or otherwise make these available. And finally, they must deliver or otherwise make available the in between form between source code and executable code, the so called objectfiles, with which others can make comparable software.
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