Beware Sony/BMG music CDs on OS X.... eek3

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  1. Rev. Johnny Vegas

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    Mac anti-rip code surfaces on Sony BMG CD
    Kernel extensions installed
    By Tony Smith
    Published Friday 11th November 2005 11:44 GMT
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    Sony BMG's controversial DRM code controversy may have now spread to Macs.

    According to long-running Mac user website MacInTouch, at least one CD distributed by the major label includes a Mac OS X application that purportedly installs a pair of extensions to the operating system's microkernel.
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    MacInTouch correspondent Darren Dittrich claims a recently purchased copy of Imogen Heap's Speak for Yourself CD contains an extra disc partition for "enhanced content". Within it sits Start.app, a Mac application that sits alongside the usual Windows files. The CD ships on the RCA label, part of of Sony BMG.

    Darren reports that running Start.app presents the user with a licence agreement. Pressing the Continue button pops up a dialogue asking for an administrator's username and password - a warning that something is about to be installed somewhere - to allow the program to copy over two kernel extensions: PhoenixNub1.kext and PhoenixNub12.kext.

    The licence agreement states that proceeding will install software on the host machine.

    It is not believed that the two extensions incorporate the rootkit that is causing such controversy becuase of its effect on Windows machines. It's a Mac version of SunnComm's DRM software, MediaMax, which Sony BMG uses to copy-protect a range of CDs. ®

    http://www.theregister.com/2005/11/11/sony_bmg_mac_drm/

    Thank god OS X prompts for the admin password. :bigthumb:
     
  2. mikeflys1

    mikeflys1 New Member

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    Yeah fuck sony :fawk:
     
  3. fishyhell

    fishyhell muscle68>catholic school children

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    i read this on TUAW a few days ago. I laughed that they really but this much effort into it that they are gonna get sued.

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  4. colosodian

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    They arent going to get sued. Now that the way people buy music has changed, they are squeezing every penny they can from cd sales.
     
  5. fishyhell

    fishyhell muscle68>catholic school children

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    Some of the stories windows users have gone through because some DRM programs could get the sued if it were more wide spread. All I'm saying is that they rteally need to be alot more careful with their tactics.
     
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    If you agree to a terms of service...
     
  7. fishyhell

    fishyhell muscle68>catholic school children

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    The stories I heard on PC is that the installation was automatic.
    I see what your saying though... hmmm that's a difficult situation.
     
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    there are two lawsuits underway already, with a third pending filing. The EFF is also considering legal action.
     
  9. MrBucket

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    it isnt in the tos
     
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    it says it installs software (and they have the gall to *require* you to [also in their EULA]). circumventing such software violates dmca. the real atrocity is that this kind of strongarming is allegedly legal!
     
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    And this is why I quit buying music. Fuck these assholes, I'll keep getting my stuff the old fashioned way.
     
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    the nice thing about this is that sony crossed the line so much that fair use rights are finally being brought to media attention and public focus through these lawsuits. it's a crappy way to go about it but this could be a big victory for fair use in the long run.
     
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    Its time for the RIAA to get a taste of their own medicine. I hope Sony loses BAD, and the RIAA goes down with them

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAHA
     
  14. Skoles

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    So you have to find the .app, run it, read the EULA and click "accept" in order for it to be installed?

    Doesn't sound like much of a problem unless your someone who blindly runs anything.
     
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    Supposedly it is a bitch to remove too. Screw you Sony.
     
  16. Skoles

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    The code for the removal tool is so poorly written that it is shown to destroy the registry & BSOD the computer.

     
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    who buys CDs anymore? ironing
     

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