Mark Russinovich’s technical blog covering topics such as Windows troubleshooting, technologies and security.
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I've long held the belief that a pirated copy of software is not necessarily a lost sale. In many cases,
Just a note - Sony was supposed to pull ALL of the CDs with "Content-Protected" software out of the stores. But as of today (11/16/06), this crap is STILL OUT ON SOME STORE SHELVES!!!
Mark, you helped to engineer the settlement of the class-action suit. Working for Microsoft or not, I think you need to be at the front of the lines making Sony pay for their continued disdain for consumers and for the settlement of lawsuits against them. They got away with it in January, and the people who got victimized by "C-P" discs got screwed. Sony's still screwing with us.
The hell with it - I'll keep downloading music, RIAA be damned.
I've been doing my school research project, and I just found out about this whole SONY thing now. I have a couple of CDs at home that were just like this, so I was freaked out when I read about the article. I checked my CDs, but they aren't by SONY BMG, its EMI. I'm not sure if they have the same distributor, but on the back of the CD, it says "Copy Controlled". Its so freakin horrible, when I play the CD on my computer, I can't play it with Windows Media Player, as it opens up its own player,and when i open up the CD, i can't see any files that i can copy the music on to my computer. I have another CD that when you insert it into your computer, this whole program thing just starts running, its like full screen, with its own videos and songs and stuff. when you exit, and try to uninstall it, you have to insert the CD back in, which just starts the whole player thing over again! But the thing is, that CD was out in like 2003, and it wasn't even SONY i think, its from this korean record company SM Entertainment. So I was just wondering are there other companies besides SONY that is doing this copy-protected thing? Because honesly, its super annoying and stupid. I believe that if I paid for the CD, i should be allowed to at least save it on my computer!
For future reference, it needs to be noted that according to records at UK Companies House, on 20th November 2006, First 4 Internet changed their name to Fortium Technologies Ltd. They now have a web site at www.fortium.com.
Perfect article Mark! More than one year ago and people still posting...
What sony did is simply known as spreading malware. The fact that they´ve been using rootkit techniques makes me think...
How long has been this happennig before? how many companies do it?
Does Microsoft have a clue on whats going on?
Will this become "big brother"?
These questions depends only on how much profit is possible to obtain with this. Big companies (and governments) are beyond the law, don´t fool yourselves expecting them to pay for it.
Throw away your computer and get back to the nature, i´ll rather be a farmer.
Happy new year for you all, folks.
Good Going, Mark!
I'm glad there are benevolent computer brainiacs like yourself looking out for the rest of us with our miniscule knowledge of what's really going on within our systems. SONY should have been whipped to near death as an object lesson for the other greedy corporate b*st*rds out there looking to be "clever" in order to use and abuse us all.
I just recieved a supicious email from supposed BMG, which Mcafee is picking up as a do not enter site, bad site. The message says I am entitled to some kind of reimbursement from BMG. After reading Marks article above, I now know why my desktop what so unstable. I spent night after night, uninstalling and reinstalling my sound, video etc. All of those weird files etc., I now know where they came from. Microsoft help with the problem, what a joke... I suppose if money were involved they may help out. Microsoft is just as guilty for screwing up computers. You would run a suggested update, and wham your computer was messed up. Rename the new files, and you could resume where you were last at with the computer. Needless to say, I have a desktop, that is sitting around collecting dust, because it is so infested with the hidden files, and my sound is so corrupt on it. And for getting any reimbursement from BMG for all the many years I purchased, I have yet to see anything be offered from the company or any lawsuits on them.