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Sunday, November 20, 2005

LAME code

This is from Drew Lehman, who forwarded this from a user group list to cyberia-l cyber law listserve group:

oh the irony....

Sony's rootkit infringes on software copyrights

Close examination of the rootkit that Sony's audio CDs attack their customers' PCs with has revealed that their malicious software is built on code that infringes on copyright. Indications are that Sony has included the LAME music encoder, which is licensed under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL), which requires that those who use it attribute the original software and publish some of the code they write to use the library. Sony has done none of this. [BEH Note - see "Can I use LAME in my commercial program?"]

The evidence against Sony is compelling, and this further reveals the hypocrisy of Sony's actions. Sony claims that it needs to install dangerous, malicious, underhanded software on its customers' computers to protect its copyrights, but in order to write this malware, it has no compunction about infringing on the copyrights of public-spirited software authors who make their works available under free software licenses like the GPL.

I suppose it's natural to believe that everyone is at least as sleazy as you are: for Sony's rip-off artists, assuming that paying customers are planning to rip them off must come easy. Link

http://dewinter.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=215

Later,

Troy

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