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Controversy Over Sony's "root kit" CDs

From: KUOW
Length: 12:58

Interview about fallout from Sony's failed attempt to protect music CDs from piracy.

Default-piece-image-2 Infected computers, secret spyware, irate customers, and a patch that doesn't really solve anything. It's hard to imagine that this was what Sony wanted to happen when it installed a "root kit" on some of its new music CDs. The application was meant to limit a user's ability to duplicate the music but it's providing unlimited headaches for Sony. This week on The Works we get the scoop on what happened and what it means to technology.

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Infected computers, secret spyware, irate customers, and a patch that doesn't really solve anything. It's hard to imagine that this was what Sony wanted to happen when it installed a "root kit" on some of its new music CDs. The application was meant to limit a user's ability to duplicate the music but it's providing unlimited headaches for Sony. This week on The Works we get the scoop on what happened and what it means to technology.

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Review of Controversy Over Sony's "root kit" CDs

If you're going to use this piece, do it this week. It's a timely news segment recorded at the front end of a developing story. It's also a two way with a journalist and host. There is not a whole lot of context here, though at 13 mins, there could have been a whole lot more information built in. While basic, this is a good solid day of story piece.

The host ID's the producing station at the front of the show so you might want to contact the station to see abou editing that out and while still crediting the station. However, as a two-way, listeners on other stations would find a two way with a host they have never heard of a bit jaring.

The author/journalist's list of writing credits at the start and end of the piece reveals a bit too much about the author. If you're really listening, you could dismiss him as a whining gotcha journalist if you're so inclined. Sometimes, less is more and that is the case with IDing this guy.

The station's website is where the real answers kick in. I've been personally interested in this story ...remember, I run a music statoin with a lot of CDs going in and out of our computers....and it was great to find a comprehensive list of the CDs with the bug-a-boo on it.

Broadcast History

Originally aired on KUOW on November 22, 2005.

Timing and Cues

13 minutes. Fits into first segment of NPR's talk clock.

Related Website

http://www.kuow.org/program_theworks.asp?Archive=11-22