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Sony BMG: Worst Year Ever!

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Kudos to California-based* EFF for taking Sony BMG to the mat on distributing CDs with spyware and hacker-friendly software. EFF joins Texas in the courts while The LA Times and The New York Times both discuss how Sony is having the worst year ever. In today's The Big Picture, Patrick Goldstein off-handedly throws out that the movie division has had only one hit (Hitch and that seems like it was ages ago) and a ton of flops while Tom Zeller notes in Link by Link that users of are tagging sony bmg music products with phrases like "rootkit" and "scumware" and writing reviews encouraging the illegal downloading of sony music products as protest.

We're betting Rent doesn't recoup it's $80 million price tag which means there is no relief in site. We'd almost shed a tear for them if it wasn't their own damn fault.

You don't tug on Superman's cape and you don't screw with a nerd's computer. Maybe someday old media will figure that out.

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*EFF is based in SF but we'll gladly claim them as our own for this coolness.