Sony DRM On Hold

Following the recent findings of a rootkit type DRM software, Sony has now announced that it would temporarily suspend production of CDs containing XCP protection. Perhaps its time for them to re-think their protection mechanism.

Personally, I doubt the company is sincerely backing away from similar extreme method of copy protection as it has not offered users a clean removal method for the DRM software that has been implanted on user’s computer (only patches to remove the ‘cloacking element’). Suspending production of CDs containing XCP protection is perhaps just a PR strategy to calm the current outrage and would probably resume once it is off the media’s headlines.

The following quote strikes me most and hopefully to the top officials in Sony BMG as well in evaluating their copy protection strategy:

It’s very important to remember that it’s your intellectual property — it’s not your computer. And in the pursuit of protection of intellectual property, it’s important not to defeat or undermine the security measures that people need to adopt in these days.
Steward Baker – US Department of Homeland Security

Read more about DRM rootkit in my previous post.