I should note that the author of the above cited article thinks that the system call hooking potentially opens up some timing windows in Windows. In other words, it is fairly crudely done and introduces potential instability into Windows systems in which the DRM software is installed.
Originally, the Sony End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) apparently didn't even mention the installation of the software. It was modified to do so last night. However, the modifications don't go nearly far enough, esp. when suggesting that you could uninstall the software if you didn't like it - despite not including uninstall software in the first place. Also, if you uninstall yourself, your CD player becomes inoperative.
Posters to that blog entry point out that the Sony DRM software more than likely violates the laws of numerous countries, and, here in the U.S., the laws of several states. Also, the company could be liable to its customers under any number of legal theories, including trespass to chattels (a case came down a week or so ago accepting this theory).
Labels: Cyber/IP Law