Terminally Incoherent

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

SONY is a Software Pirate!

This must be the funniest thing I have seen this year! It turns out that Sony's infamous XPC DRM (which already got trashed for including a rootkit, and an uninstaller containing ActiveX module that is remotely scriptable) actually includes some LGPL code from a popular open source mp3 encoder called LAME. Guess what - they did not attribute, and they did not provide source code - so they breached LGPL . This makes them guilty of copyright infringement.

So let me re-iterate that: Sony tries to fight copyright infringement by infringing copyright themselves? I heard about fighting fire with fire but I never actually saw it applied in intellectual property rights enforcement.

Congratulations Sony - you have just accomplished to commit the biggest PR blunder in history. Not even Microsoft has ever screwed up so badly. Let's see how you dig yourself out of this :P


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