In a gleefully ironic turn of events, Sony’s copy-protected CDs have been discovered to contain code ripped straight from another piece of software. [backstory] In other words, Sony has violated copyright law in their attempt to protect the copyright of the music they distribute. To make matters worse, the software was open source and distributable under a free license, in this case the GPL.
This is just sad. You’d think a company the size of Sony BMG would be able to get original code, and not have to steal from coders who donated their time and energy to an open source project. It’s really quite pathetic. When did they sink this far?