The Inevitable Lawsuit

By on October 10, 2003

SunnComm has announced their intention to file suit against the Princeton student who figured out how to disable their iron-clad software using the shift key.

“Concludes Jacobs, ‘This cat-and-mouse game that hackers and others like to play with owners of digital property is over. No matter what their credentials or rationale, it is wrong to use one’s knowledge and the cover of academia to facilitate piracy and theft of digital property. SunnComm is taking a stand here because we believe that those who own property, whether physical or digital, have the ultimate authority over how their property is used. Owning copying technology is not an unconditional “free pass” to replicate or distribute protected work.’”

In one breath they state his conclusions are flawed and in another their talking about suggesting felony charges against the author because the “potential” exists for copyright infringement. They also mention that their first foray into digital copy management was a Charley Pride CD released in 2001. No doubt that one would have been all over Napster had it not been protected.

Again, as consumers move toward putting their entire collection of music on iPods and the like, these measures will all fail. If I can’t get music off of a CD and into a portable device I am either going to stop buying music or find it on a P2P network.