Sunday, April 6th 2008

Sony BMG Accused of Piracy

None of the big record labels support music piracy, but it has to be said that Sony BMG has come into the spotlight more than most about this topic, especially when it sold CDs which secretly installed a rootkit on the customer’s computer in an attempt to prevent them illegally sharing songs. However, the company is now on the receiving end of an anti-piracy case regarding software installed on four of its servers. French software developer PointDev discovered that Sony BMG was supplying pirated license keys to some employees for the company’s Ideal Migration software, which meant it was able to mandate a seizer of Sony BMG’s assets. The subsequent raid has revealed that as much as 47% of software on Sony BMG’s servers may be pirated, and the music label now faces a €300,000 (over $470,000) lawsuit from PointDev.Source: ars technica
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18 Comments on Sony BMG Accused of Piracy

#1
Cold Storm
Battosai
Oh I hated SonicStage! I had so much music that I bought from that, and had no way to get it back... they wouldn't even get with me when I told them those computers are scrap now... Damn them... It doesn't surprise me. not one bit. After being a member of Sonic Stage...
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#2
Steevo
I submitted this early this week, amazing how Sony keeps getting their hands slapped.
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#3
unsmart
Sony could just buy Pointdev and not sue them selfs. This is like Bill gates shop lifting, ether cockiness or stupidity.
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#4
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Haha, this is quite funny.
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#5
qwerty_lesh
hahah its like sony bmg and failure go hand in hand :nutkick:
i hope they get screwd out of a shitload of cash over this one w00t!
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#6
Triprift
This is funny record labels spend heaps pursing ppl who pirate there stuff then ya got sony doing stuff like that.If anything they should get sued bigtime for that :shadedshu
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#7
eidairaman1
antipiracy is so hypocritical, all it does is makes it harder for legit users to use the software and easier to hackers to use it.
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#8
candle_86
what kind of example does this set, if Sony can do it, why is it wrong for us. The only message they are sending is its OK to pirate
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#9
Mussels
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by: candle_86
it isOK to pirate
WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO! :toast:


Candle and sony say its ok, so lets go get our eyepatches and download sony software and music!


(just kidding. kinda)
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#10
Azazel
i submitted this hehe...i forgot to submit my name as well :slap:
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#11
imperialreign
when SONY goes for fail - they're shooting for epic.

This last time, I think they landed on "legendary fail"

They're getting there . . . 3rd times a charm, right?
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#12
candle_86
by: Mussels
WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO! :toast:


Candle and sony say its ok, so lets go get our eyepatches and download sony software and music!


(just kidding. kinda)
lol i was saying what sony is, what message do you get from the largest contributor the anti-pricacy campign pirating stuff?
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#13
erocker
Every corporate Sony BMG stooge should go to jail. At least that's what THEY want for people who illeagally download thier product, it should be no different for them.
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#14
Mussels
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by: candle_86
lol i was saying what sony is, what message do you get from the largest contributor the anti-pricacy campign pirating stuff?
"pirate anything thats not ours"
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#15
tomkaten
Yo, Bob, this is Jerry in "Stop the pirates" department. I got about a thousand pirates cornered, but I've accidentally erased one of my dll's and need to reinstall the software. However, I seem to have misplaced my little key generator from CORE.

Need to install the software badly, we're talking nailing a thousand pirates here. Please send me the keygen ASAP !

Thanks !

Respect,
Jerry, "Stop the pirates"
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#16
hacker111
Now this is good..l0l Sony just pay the fine and get over it?
:laugh:
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#17
asb2106
Its funny, Sony finds them selves in this situation often enough. They try to find ways to stop piracy but alls it has done is cost them. Honestly, in my mind the easiest way to reduce/stop piracy is to offer the product at a good price, and by good price I mean relavent to the method of delivery. Think about it, back in the day a CD would cost me 12 maybe 13 bucks. Now I have to pay 99 cents or more for a song?? what! First off, they dont have to make the CD and distribute it, and they dont have to use a retail store to get it to me.

If I could download any CD I wanted at say... 5 bucks a pop. I would buy all the CDs my heart desired.

Im sure all the legal problems that they have faced with these attempts they make have cost them way too much. Money they could have spent on people to develop better ways to get the media to paying customers!

Sony needs to start listening to their consumers!!
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#18
Mussels
Moderprator
yeah i agree. If movies cost me $10 and i chose the delivery/quality (EG blu ray, DVD, VCD - perhaps cost more for teh higher quality) then i'd do that - $30-$50 per movie is excessive.

Music is the same, $5 per allbum, or $0.50 per song or something. make it cheap, and the VOLUME of sales will make up for the lower price.
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