It took a while, but somebody in authority opened up the lawbooks and noticed that what SONY did wasn’t just rude. It’s a crime.
Well, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott isn’t really filing criminal charges yet. A shame, really. If I distributed software that included hidden code (aka Trojan Horse), said Trojan Horse taking over parts of the operation of the computer, hiding itself, and enabling and facilitating me or others to illegally access or destroy that computer or its data, then I’d have the men with guns knocking on my door. It just happens to be a felony. Does it cease to be a crime if I can get this software on a million computers instead of a dozen?
Then where’s the criminal case being filed against SONY? They’ve even admitted their intent, and the intent falls within the defined boundaries of criminal action.
You can even make the case that they developed or used ‘technology intended to bypass protection mechanisms’ in their human engineered crack attack, and thus violated DMCA.
I want justice.
I’m sick and tired of seeing individuals prosecuted simply because they want to view the DVDs they bought on a viewer other than the ones made by a big company. To have one of the very same big companies commit wholesale cracking and computer crime without receiving the same kind of serious penalty will, in my mind, totally invalidate any moral reason to defend any of these companies’ IP rights.
Sauce for the goose, or stop giving me the bird.
Update: It seems that SONY was also violating software copyright in their little excursion into hacking.