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Sony after all not affected by rootkit disaster?

Andrew Orlowski wrote an interesting story related to Sony rootkit case (Sony unsinged by rootkit CD fiasco). I am personally curious about the bottom line aspect of all of this, so it was fun to compare someone else’s point of view.

My take-outs from his article:

  • Sony’s sales were actually little affected despite a storm in the blogosphere and mainstream media
  • The vocal blogosphere population represents in fact a minority of tech-savvy users, while most people are well served when their CDs can just play in stereo system and their car
  • Lawsuits will hardly make any more difference since corporations learned to treat them as merely operational overhead, following Microsoft?s case
  • Sony can just ignore geeks and lawsuits and move forward with its DRM strategy

It’s meant to be provocative reading and it serves its purpose well, at least as far as I am concerned. Couple of points that I was pondering upon are below. (read more…)