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DRM - RIAA kicks it up a notch

Hard-core computer guys will find this interesting, the rest of you risk your eyes glazing over.

Synopsis: record companies are bundling DRM software on CD's, but not telling you about it, and you couldn't remove it even if you knew it was there. This s/w embeds itself in the Windows OS & registry and hides itself in the same fasion that the virus/malware/spyware guys do, and it needlessly sucks up CPU from then on. When the author disabled the malware (spade == spade), it disabled the CD device.

So if you buy a legit CD, and try to play it on your PC, you risk hosing your OS. This exploit even set itself up to run in Safe Mode.

http://www.sysinternals.com/blog/2005/10/sony-rootkits-and-digital-rights.html

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People don't pay for overpriced cds when all they want is one song. iTunes is proving that people WILL pay for music instead of steal it, if it's priced reasonably and made into a simple process. There are enough viruses (virii?) on p2p networks that it's just easier to buy the song off of iTunes, rather than risk it.

I didn't see anything in the article about this, but does that DRM method block people from dropping the songs onto their ipods?
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So what's the workaround? Other than having an obsolete old PC that you just use for ripping CDs.
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So what's the workaround? Other than having an obsolete old PC that you just use for ripping CDs.
Use a Mac.
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Use a Mac.
Yup. Or Linux.
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The great part about this (its been on slashdot twice now) is that the malware keeps you (and anything else) from seeing files wiht $sys$ as the first part of the file name. So now virus writers and skript kiddies can call their packages $sys$nastything.exe and it won't be detectable. Also, some cheats for various online games like World of Warcraft are using it for the same purpose.

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Oh, and widebody911 - some of us run Linux on our macs
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Well maybe it is time that I learn how to use linux.
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Ok... I'm not going to rip new CDs in Windows anymore. Gonna throw Fedora on the free space I left on my machine at home when I installed a bigger drive.
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Thank goodness. I didn't want to buy a Mac.

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