In typical RIAA speak, Cary Sherman stated in a press conference
held on the 18th that Sony did nothing wrong in secretly putting rootkit technology on it's CDs in order to protect their content. This is being stated despite the subvert software being used to exploit Windows by third parties, and causing damage if removed improperly. Though Sony has recalled the technology, Cary thinks it's all gravy.
"There is nothing unusual about technology being used to protect intellectual property. You can't simply make an extra copy of a Microsoft operating system, or virtually any other commercially-released software program for that matter. Same with videogames. Movies, too, are protected. Why should CDs be any different?"
Of course, a copy-protected movie doesn't come along with the risk of your machine being compromised and taken over. Sony's recent recall of all affected CDs shows how serious the IT community reacted to it, and perhaps will encourage other producers to look in less intrusive directions.