Sony tries to Patch Problem Piracy System
Sony BMG’s release of a software patch for a controversial anti-piracy program has failed to stem criticism.
The patch was made available following widespread disapproval of Sony’s methods of stopping illegal CD copying.
But the patch has left unimpressed the man who started the debate about Sony’s copy protection policy.
Analysing the patch, Mark Russinovich said it did not do enough to allay user fears and he urged Sony to release a full uninstallation program.
When is Sony going to learn that you can’t do these kinds of things? Sony made sure to install an application on to the users of “special” copy protected CD’s to stop the piracy of such CD’s, but instead just made a mess, and did not include a proper uninstaller. I hope they get burned bad for this.
He added that there were still unresolved questions about whether Sony did enough to warn about what the copy protection system did to users’ computers.
By installing the player and the hidden files users were unwittingly giving up control over part of the computer and leaving themselves open to a number of risks, he said.