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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Boycott Sony

Boycott Sony

"After weeks of criticism, Sony has finally agreed to temporarily stand down on an abusive and likely illegal copy -restriction practice. Hold the applause.

On Friday, the world's second-biggest record label pledged to temporarily stop making CDs that leave computers vulnerable to security breaches. This is a step in the right direction, but it does not go nearly far enough toward correcting a serious ethical lapse. In fact, it is proof positive that Sony is unworthy of our trust or our business.

A lot has been written about this issue already. But a lot more needs to be said to ensure Sony gets the message: This kind of behavior can never be tolerated. It may be unrealistic to think many will heed this call, but someone’s got to say it: Boycott Sony. Boycott the company until it comes clean and recalls all the infected CDs. Boycott it until it distributes a removal program. Boycott it until it promises never to do anything like this again.

Sony agreed to suspend production of the CDs after computer security experts warned weeks ago that the copy-protection software, dubbed "XCP," could leave Sony customers vulnerable to hackers intent on taking over target PCs. This is possible because the software, made by a U.K. company called First 4 Internet, contains a "rootkit" that hides files related to the antipiracy program so would-be pirates can't disable it. The problem: Once installed, it can hide any file, regardless of who puts it there."

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