If you've been following the Sony escapade over the past month, then you know all about the crazy crap they've pulled. If not, I've copy-pasted from Boing Boing the headings of their detailed list of Sony's recent transgressions against their customers. I highly recommend you go read their list, but here's the condensed version:
- Oct 31: Sony DRM uses black-hat rootkits
- Nov 3: Sony releases de-rootkit-ifier, lies about risks from rootkits
- Nov 3: Felten on Sony's rootkit-"remover"
- Nov 3: Defeat WoW spyware using Sony's rootkit
- Nov 8: Defend against Sony's rootkit with DRM-ripping software
- Nov 9: List of CDs infected with Sony's rootkit DRM
- Nov 9: Sony's EULA is worse than their rootkit
- Nov 9: Wanna sue the pants off Sony?
- Nov 10: Sony Music CDs infect Macs, too
- Nov 10: Fantastic screed against the coders who wrote the previous Sony DRM junk
- Nov 11: Sony will stop shipping infectious CDs — too little, too late
- Nov 12: Sony's other malicious audio CD trojan
- Nov 12: New Sony lockware prevents selling or loaning of games
- Nov 13: Sony's malware uninstaller leaves your computer vulnerable
- Nov 13: Sony's rootkit infringes on software copyrights
I don't buy music CDs much anymore, but occasionally I do. Let me tell you, I will be watching labels closely and avoiding like the plague any of Sony's: Columbia Records, Epic Records, Legacy Recordings, Sony Classical, Sony Nashville, and Sony Wonder. Tell your friends. If you're feeling particular pissed off and boycott-y, there's a lot of other consumer stuff from Sony that you can avoid, too. I'm a fan of voting with one's pocketbook; here's my chance.