Sony BMG accused of using pirated software

“Sony BMG has been accused by PointDev company of having used Ideal Migration, the administration software for Windows servers and client accounts, without having a licence,” EDRI reports.

“On 22 January 2008, a bailiff mandated by PointDev found an illegal installation of the software on four computers belonging to Sony BMG. Paul-Henry Agustoni, owner and administrator of the editor claims 300 000 euro damages from Sony BMG,” EDRI reports.

“Paul-Henry Agustoni believed this was not an isolated situation. “I believe the pirating is related to the company policy. If the employee has the necessary budget to buy the software he (she) needs, he (she) will do it. If that’s not the case, he (she) will find alternative means, because work has to be done one way or another” he stated,” EDRI reports.

Full article here.

If true, we nominate Sony BMG for “Hypocrites of the Decade.”

21 Comments

  1. There was also evidence that the Sony rootkit used GPL’d code without following the terms of the license. So, they’ve already established a precedent for their lack of respect for software licenses in general. Apparently, they haven’t learned their lesson yet!

  2. Hmmm…the irony is so thick, you can almost taste it.

    So the music industry which bleats about the evils of music piracy and how copyrights must be protected turns out to be a software pirate as well as company that installs rootkits onto the (Windows) computers of its customers.

    And this is the company that Slimon Cowell is so proud to represent.

  3. ron,

    it’s rare that you and I can ever agree on anything, but – if that one thing is a contempt for this smug waste of genetic material – I’m cool with it.

    Cowell’s problem is that he actually appears to believe his own publicity: he appears to have forgotten that his original entry into the music industry was boosted by his father’s connections in the business. I watched him on a repeat of Top Gear last night and was so annoyed by his whole aura of arrogant self-importance that I was forced to call my friend’s wife to bitch about him.

    One of the most loathsome individuals currently infesting the planet and I don’t care how much money he gives to charity or the fact that he actually pays over £20 million in income tax: it’s a minor compensation for having this hack (who really belongs in a remake of “The Sweet Smell Of Success”) contaminating the cultural landscape with the homgenised pap that he considers to be good music.

  4. Sony is the worst company in the universe right now. It seems that even MS has a tad more moral scruples than Sony.

    When you buy Sony, you lose. Period.

    Try reading up on some of their crap at wikipedia… it’s amazing what we put up with…

  5. In the early to mid 90s News Limited used a demo of publishing software to bring out the The Australian and Telegraph newspapers. And they kept using it for a number of years. My wife, who is a senior editor, told me about this 1995.

    In fact it was only recently (within the last five years) that the company bought real desktop computers. Go figure!

    Postscript: Although unrelated to the main story Rupert Murdoch gives absolutely nothing to charity, not one lousy cent. In Australia his mother is a well known philanthropist but Rupert is tighter than a chicken’s arse.

  6. “I believe the pirating is related to the company policy. If the employee has the necessary budget to buy the software he (she) needs, he (she) will do it. If that’s not the case, he (she) will find alternative means, because work has to be done one way or another” he stated.”

    This occurs in countless corporations.

  7. I believe the pirating is related to the consumer’s policy. If the consumer has the necessary budget to buy the music CD he (she) needs, he (she) will do it. If that’s not the case, he (she) will find alternative means, because he (she) wants to listen to the music one way or another.

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