The Lasting Impact of Sony's Rootkit

Michael Geist, Nov 21, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Geist opines on the long term impact the discovery of the Sony rootkit debacle will have on the future of DRM, suggesting that "the incident should also galvanize Canadian regulators and political leaders." I am less optimistic, though I certainly think that the rootkit is exactly the sort of incident opponents of strong DRM have been warning about. As some have commented, too, Sony is merely the company that got caught. When you look at Intel's new trusted computing chips, or at Microsoft's plans for Vista, it becomes evident that rootkit-like capabilities will be the norm, not the exception. This should seriously concern legislators, but my observation thus far is that their sympathies lie with the media producers and copyright owners.
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