Software writers spot open source in Sony BMG CDs

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"The XCP program will have installed itself on a Windows-operated personal
computer when consumers want to play 49 title CDs from Sony BMG. The
programme forces consumers to use a music player that comes with the

"This music player contains components from an open source project, an MP3
player called LAME, it emerged."

"Multiple software components on the CD have references to the LAME open
source MP3 code," Finnish software developer Matti Nikki said in an e-mail.

"After unraveling the code, others found similar evidence."

"We can confirm that at least 5 functions in the XCP software are identical
to functions in LAME," said Thomas Dullien at security software firm Saber
Security in Bochum, Germany, which specializes in the analysis of complex

Funny, I thought Sony was doing this to protect it's "Intellectual Rights"
but it got caught pirating code that belongs to another organization. So I
guess the moral of the story is this: This whole DRM mess is just BS,
always was and always will be...

It is time for responsible DRM. DRM must not be legislated by big business
but instead by fairness and logic (which is sometimes hard to find in big
business anyway). ;_ylt=AmT_JK7fOQQcbazl8k_XIXaor7oF;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMHVqMTQ4BHNlYwN5bnN1YmNhdA--


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