As we have been discussing, the RIAA have claimed support for Rootkits, maintaining that they are useful tools in the protection of intellectual property. The company claims that what Sony recently did with the BMG situation was justified, even if the software Sony pushed out had security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by malware. RIAA president Cary Sherman said that companies do this sort of thing all the time, and that Sony had handled the situation well.

"Seems very responsible to me. How many times that software applications created the same problem? Lots. I wonder whether they've taken as aggressive steps as Sony BMG has when those vulnerabilities were discovered, or did they just post a patch on the Internet?" Sherman said.