No single sane person can do by accident what Sony has done over the past weeks with the XCP anti piracy technology. Sony must have a bigger plan with this DRM technology. (Summary: software for Windows seeking to protect copyrights. bad design, poor security, easy to defeat, PR nightmare, consumer boycott).
Only the creator of a TV soap could have come up with the unlikely twists and turns that Sony BMG has shown.
In last week's episodes we saw how the respectable Sony created its own downfall because of substance abuse. Today, the RIAA, the long time slut of the recording industry who will sleep with anyone claiming to have a nickel, came to the rescue of the record label.
"The problem with the Sony BMG situation is that the technology it used contained a security vulnerability of which it was unaware," said RIAA president Cary Sherman. He didn't realise that his remarks only made Sony look worse. Endorsements from known villains trying to fight technological progress by yelling "burn the witch" ever louder tend to have a negative effect.
Then over the past weekend, Gatner, the friendly neighbour who has had a thing with Metagroup in the past, dropped a bomb, unveiling another one of Sony's dark secrets. The XCP technology could have been easily defeated by putting a piece of tape on the CD.
Also last week's news that XCP has actually illegally used GPL licensed code that was partially authored by DVD John was a nice twist that rivalled the "brining back a character from death" move.
I can't wait for the next episode of the Sony BMG soap. Will Sony have an affair with the slutty neighbour? Or will the soap authors bring in a surprise visitor who upsets the current balance of chaos? Stay tuned for more after these messages.
PS: This blog has a brilliant analysis of the whole situation.
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