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November 14, 2005
See Sony. See Sony Backpedal. See Sony Backpedal Fast.
When USA Today has pictures of cute coeds out protesting your product, you KNOW you're in trouble. Sony has issued a terse denial of evil intent along with a tool to remove the cloak.
As Jefferson Graham's story makes clear, consumers aren't happy. Artists aren't happy. Electronics companies aren't happy. But don't expect the Cartel to back down. They'll just batten down the hatches, stonewall, and wait for this to blow over. They're holding on to the fantasy that DRM will save their sinking business models and along the way they'll twist the courts, Congress, and device manufacturers to their wills. The rest of us should, presumably, shut up and suffer in silence.
Update: a friend pointed me to Mark Russinovich's continued flensing of First 4 Internet, the ultimate authors of the DRM package that Sony used. (The content of the page is short; extensive commentary below the posting makes it appear long.)
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