Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Get some tape and tell Sony / BMG to stick it! 

I'm sure since you are reading this blog that you have enough interest in technology that you have heard all the flap over the so called “copy protection” which in reality is nothing more than spy ware that once installed on your computer reports back to Sony what you are playing. Even worse it opens your computer up to all sorts of malicious attacks from virus code written by the net's malcontents.

Well someone posted this partial answer to the problem and I thought I would share it with the readers of the blog.

Sony BMG Music's controversial copy-protection scheme can be defeated with a small piece of tape, a research firm said Monday in a demonstration of the futility of digital rights management (DRM).

According to Gartner analysts Martin Reynolds and Mike McGuire, Sony's XCP technology is stymied by sticking a fingernail-size piece of opaque tape on the outer edge of the CD.

That, the pair said in a brief posted on line, renders "session 2 -- which contains the self-loading DRM software unreadable. The PC then treats the CD as an ordinary single-session music CD, and the commonly used CD 'rip' programs continue to work as usual."

See my other entry today for just how heinous Sony's “Digital Rights Management” software is and what their REAL reason is for wanting to install in on your computer.

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