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Sony halts production of XCP-DRM music discs

updated 09:15 am EST, Mon November 14, 2005

Sony halts DRM music discs

to install copy-protection on computers. Sony has also released a patch to all major anti-virus vendors to fix the exploit and has also released Service Pack to enable users to remove the XCP DRM software, which is included on a limited number of Sony BMG content-protected titles, according to the company.

"We stand by content protection technology as an important tool to protect our intellectual property rights and those of our artists. Nonetheless, as a precautionary measure, SONY BMG is temporarily suspending the manufacture of CDs containing XCP technology. We also intend to re-examine all aspects of our content protection initiative to be sure that it continues to meet our goals of security and ease of consumer use."

The software, which also installs "kernel extensions" on a Mac, can be removed by either installing the update for Windows computers or contacting Sony BMGcustomer service to remove the Mac extensions.

by MacNN Staff




  1. burger

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Way to go! Jerks.

    I know...let's make a new file file name that not even virus scanners can see then implepment this wonderful security hole into everyones computer in the name of DRM! We'll save millions!

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A 'good' virus name...?

    Gotta love it - while I'm a supporter of copyright, I also believe openness & freedom can't be sacrificed - or we end up losing in the end... I might even go so far to redefine the term 'virus' in this case as an anti-virus, cure, remedy, medicant, pharmacon, physic, biologic or some other term with a positive spin...?

    I think I like 'medicant'... :)

  1. frankiec

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Sony has been the darling of so many people for so many years. What a joke.

  1. doc e

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Best way to protect

    Supposedly Sony is "concerned" about the "security and ease of consumer use" of their products, but they don't tell you they're compromising the security of your computer unless they're caught and exposed. Hmm.... seems to me the best way to guarantee security and ease of use of MY computer is to not buy Sony products at all. How about that Sony geniuses?

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Stringer stinger!

    If this is an example of some of the new directions virgin Sony CEO Stringer has in store...the company are at least seven kinds of screwed! Which begs a question about the delays to the PS3?

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