“When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song.” Sony BMG Head of Litigation Jennifer Parker
This is a quote that was read to me from the January 2008 issue of Macworld.
I have never been a big Sony fan. I spent good money on a Sony VCR ages ago that lasted only a year and a half. The only worthy product by Sony is the first generation Play Station. Sony has always been the type of company that released products they think consumers need – like Blu-Ray.
I think we all remember the infamousÂ Root KitÂ from Â 2005. This was a bit of spy software that would install itself from certain SonyÂ labeledÂ music CD’s. It’s design was to track how the CD was used. I heard they even struck secret deals with the major anti-virus and anti-spyware companies to ignore the Root Kit when scanned. It was a Blogger that broke the story.
The above quote Â isÂ outrageous.Â While I am against illegal acquisition of songs, we all have the right to make a backup copy of our music – or make copies so we can enjoy the music on our iPods or on CD’s for the automobile. I will even go as far as to make a copy of a great song to share with a friend. I can’t tell you how many times I have done this with the result being my friends actually buying the album the song came from. Did IÂ receiveÂ the cost for marketing the song for the major labels? I think not. Of course when I did this, CD’s just came out. Now I don’t have many friends.Â
I have been on a Sony boycott since news of the root kit broke. I have even sacrificed buying music from Sony labels as well as movies by Sony Pictures. Consumers can fight back with their money. I only hope more people actually realize this.Â