Sun, 25 Dec 2005

The Sins of Sony

Hopefully everyone has heard of the most recent Sony/BMG debacle, wherein Sony used DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) on their CD so that if you inserted it into a Windows machine, it would take over control of the machine, relaxing intrinsic security controls. Sony is not a first-time sinner. They have repeatedly shot themselves in the foot with their love of DRM. Look at the war they have been fighting with their customers using the PSP. The customers figure out how to break through the device's security, so Sony changes the device. Or look at the Librie. They thought they would be successful selling ebooks that were only readable for 60 days.

Anybody have other examples of self-defeating behavior by Sony?

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