Responding in part to this lawsuit and a myriad of customer complaints,
the music conglomerate Sony BMG will be recalling its copy-protected discs, and offering an exchange to customers who bought them. The New York Times reports:
“We share the concerns of consumers regarding discs with XCP content-protected software, and, for this reason, we are instituting a consumer exchange programme and removing all unsold CDs with this software from retail outlets,” Sony BMG said in an statement.
The XCP software used by Sony BMG, which was developed by British software developers First4Internet, leaves the back door open for malicious online hackers.
Sony BMG, in a separate statement, also announced it would distribute a program to remove the software from a PC where it jeopardizes security.
This doesn’t mean that copy-protected CDs are a thing of the past, though. As USA Today explains, the virus-inducing XCP protocol isn’t the only means of trying to get at Apple by screwing its customers that Sony BMG employs. Remember, kids, that Sony and Apple aren’t mad at you, they’re mad at each other, and sometimes Sonys and Apples say things they don’t mean when they stop loving each other. But this isn’t your fault! Sony’s just mad that Apple created the modern-day walkmen, and are trying to protect their commercial interests (uh, I mean, artists’ rights) in the portable audio device market. Ironically, Apple computers can easily circumvent these protections and rip the discs to MP3 or whatever anyway.