Sony, Rootkits, and the DMCA
Seems like Sony is in very hot water over their use of root-kits, first reported from this story several days ago. Anti-virus companies have already labeled it as "spyware", and lawsuits have been filed in Italy, with more on the way coming from San Francisco.
In a strange twist, if you try to uninstall this DRM software by yourself, you may be violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) — which in Section 1201 states that it is against the law to "circumvent anti-piracy measures built into most commercial software."
F-Secure, a prominent security company, has advised users this:
If you feel brave and still want to go ahead with the removal, then read on. First 4 Internet Limited, the British company that developed the DRM software, has already a (legal) patch for download here.
Further reading: C|Net