Gotta love this line from The Inquirer article this morning (Nov. 21, 2005) entitied “Sony may be hoist by own petard on copyright” (thanks to Specmon at SNL Forums for bringing this to our attention):
If Sony wants to take the proverbial RIAA hard line, I am sure the Lame crew would love a few billion dollars. If you use the numbers that Sony likes to bandy about, around $150K per infringement, you have a settlement worth more than the entire Sony Corporation. Lame-Sony has a certain ring to it, don’t you think?
This in response to the inclusion of the Open Source LAME project code being included in the Sony/First 4 Internet Rootkit.
This may well be a what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander as Specmon said in his posting in this Topic at SNL Forums.
The RIAA had no compunction on going after their customers, no matter who they were, no matter whether they were taking their last borrowed dollar, and it cost folks dearly over it. Even at the RIAA’s ‘generous’ settlement prices.
There is more about this whole thing over at Slashdot:
An anonymous reader writes “With some help from Sabre Security, Sebastian Porst and Matti Nikki have identified some stolen GPL’d code in Sony’s rootkit. Ironically the code in question seems to be VLC’s demux/mp4/drms.c — the de-DRMS code which circumvents Apple’s DRM, written by ‘DVD’ Jon Lech Johansen and Sam Hocevar.”
(bold emphasis mine)
Sheesh, Sony and First 4 Internet have really stepped in it so to speak. I am sure all the folks at all these Open Source projects would appreciate some compensation on this to help them further their projects.
If it is true, that is….