Another day, another ethical breach by the music business.
Not only has Sony BMG put malicious malware on customer’s computers but the music business in general, of which Sony BMG is an aggressive part, but another record company, this time Warner Music, has reached a settlement with the Attorney General in New York regarding the modern version of payola. From the NY Times; Attorney General “Mr. Spitzer said that Warner executives had obtained play time for songs through “deceptive and illegal” practices, including making payoffs in the form of personal electronics and tickets to the Grammy Awards, the World Series and the Super Bowl”
This shows how willing companies like Sony and Warner are to violate the law and trample on the rights of consumers. Not only will they try to buy radio programming, but they try to crack our computers. We need to stand up to them, even though their software will probably not hurt Apple users. Indeed, it may turn out to be yet more evidence that the Apple platform is the safer platform – add corporate back-doors to the list of malware that Apple users don’t suffer.
While Sony BMG is now facing a class action suit, much of this could have been avoided if Sony had a strategy, particularly a strategy for the digital world. The mighty electronics giant came late to the computer game, they never saw how popular computers would be. They did not predict the digital music market either and as a response they are furiously trying to catch up. But you can’t catch up, software moves too quickly, simply look at the development of file sharing for an example; kill Napster and a hundred bittorrent sites bloom. If you are a corporation you have to develop strategic thinking to handle the digital world, you have to have an understanding of software. Sony just doesn’t get it.
Then again, maybe I’m wrong . . .