See this report from Gartner researchers Martin Reynolds and Mike McGuire. Just another level of bizarre stupidity in this mess. Reynolds and McGuire sum it up nicely:
“Sony BMG’s DRM technology will prevent neither informed casual copiers nor high-volume ‘pirates’ from doing whatever they like with the content the disc [sic]. It does, however, load ‘stealth’ software â€” software that has been demonstrated to have suspect effects â€” on uninformed users’ machines. The bottom line: Sony BMG has created serious public-relations and legal issues for itself, and for no good reason.“
(bold emphasis mine)
Thanks Derek Slater for highlighting just how utterly ridiculous this whole fiasco as been.
Honest paying customers have had their computers, and by extension the Internet as a whole, exposed to these vulnerabilities and exploits for no good reason whatsoever.
I was upset before, but now I am simply thoroughly disgusted.