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Whaddaya know. The EU actually does make somethings halfways decent. The latest is the BEUC - the EU Consumer rights organisation - that has launched a website and a campaign to act as counterweight and lobbying entity against the rampant DRM overkill and privacy violations and other bullshit that's going on in the hands of the media companies right now. This is direly needed - the big media throw unreal amounts of effort and money on getting EU legislation to grant them the most preposterous rights (can you say Outlaw-the-shift-button?) - it's about time that someone with at least a little Ooomph steps in and guards the people.
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The r00tkit from Sony installing DRM systems upon playing their music CDs has wider ramifications. Apparently, it can be used to hide World of Warcraft cheats (article, alas, in German. Babelfish will be of service) - since the r00tkit hides everything carrying a specific prefix ($sys$ if I remember the articles correctly), all a WoW-cheater has to do is to install her l33t ch33ts with the executable named with a prefix of $sys$ to avoid triggering the Blizzard ch33t-scanner software (with dubious morality in itself - but that really is another issue for another day!)

Securityfocus cover here: http://securityfocus.com/brief/34 in a parseable language.

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