Sony's Copyright Overreach
by LORRAINE WOELLERT
BusinessWeek, publication date: 17 November 2005
"Now the tide might be turning, thanks to a classic case of overreaching that has fomented a backlash against the industry. On Oct. 31, blogger Mark Russinovich discovered a hidden program installed on his PC by a Sony (SNE) BMG music disk. The code was designed to prevent purchasers of the CD from copying it or converting it. But the program was disturbing for another reason -- in an apparent effort to prevent garden-variety hackers from circumventing the copy restrictions, Sony designed the program to surreptitiously bury itself deep within the Windows operating system, completely hidden from view."