Read the EULA from Sony

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by snowdog, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. snowdog macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2004
    Visby, Sweden
    Somebody actually took the time to read the stuff.
    Seems you have to delete your backup copy if your home gets burgled.
    You grant Sony-BMG to install backdoors.
    You're not allowed to use the music in your photo album slideshows.

    Here's the link to slashdot -

    This is what happens when you PAY for the cd.
  2. kjr39 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2004
    Does the Sony root kit get installed on a Mac?

    My God I hate media companies...
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    meh...All companies has stupid crap like this. Have you ever read the ITMS EULA?
    So they can change the EULA to read anything and I agree to it by just using the music store. They can chagne it to "the user must give all their worldly possessions to Steve Jobs." I download a song, and now I'm homeless and broke.
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Leo Laporte just went over some bits of this on his KFI radio show. It's scary. :eek:
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    yes but when you update or first start iTunes, it asks for your agreement to these and the EULA

    Sony's EULA is automatic when you purchase the disc, no chance to find out what you are getting into before hand.
  6. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    What's stopping Apple from updating the EULA without updating iTunes? Nothing.
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    fair business practices :rolleyes:

    but i will give you that point
  8. tobio macrumors regular


    Sep 5, 2004
    I just don't get these licence agreements.
    Recently when I changed my mobile phone tariff (over the phone) I had to be talked through the entire policy step by step and confirmed I understood...

    You are taking up this contract for a year, that is one year from this date, do you understand (yes/no)
    if you cancel your agreement you will have to pay a cancellation charge, do you understand (yes/no)
    Your calls to land-lines will cost this much, do you understand (yes/no)
    Your calls to other mobiles of the same network will cost this much, do you understand (yes/no)
    your calls to other mobiles of a different network will cost this much, do you understand (yes/no)
    and so on....

    Now the phone and the music CD are both supposed legal agreements, however with the mobile phone they make damm sure you know what you are signing up for, with the music CD you just scroll down the page without even reading it and hit yes.

    also any child (or person under 18, or whatever "responsible age" is wherever they are) could buy the CD, scroll through and click to sign their life away without understanding the implications. should they get their parents to come to the computer and check its ok to listen to this CD???

    What can we do?
  9. cjc343 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    In the apple store, in front of a G5.
    Most companies do this now... it's not a major issue: (EDIT: It could become a major issue if a company actually exercised this right to an extreme degree, and people found out when the company's CEO came to take away their house...)

    Gmail's Terms of Use:

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    Google's ToS:

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    You get the picture....
  10. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I know many of them do. It doesn't mean that it is not crap.
  11. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I used to say that if I had to look for a WinXP laptop, I would look at Sony and IBM first. Forget it. I'm only going with IBM/Lenovo if I ever switched back.
  12. Fukui macrumors 68000


    Jul 19, 2002
    But I thought sony's new CEO (Stringer) was gonna turn around the company! They need our help! :(
  13. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    I think there'd be certain legalities that prevent that. ;) But yeah, if they wanted, they could drop it to one computer and one burn. That's the price of digital. In the case of these "CDs" (and I use the term loosely), I don't want to have to jump through hoops to hear my music. That's supposed to be the advantage of CDs vs. digital downloads.

    And yeah, crap all around. iTunes is just the lesser evil IMO. That could all change at any time however, but you can thank the RIAA for that.
  14. EJBasile macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2004

    Sony sucks, just another reason why iTunes is better.

    --If your house gets burgled, you have to delete all your music from your laptop when you get home.
    --If you move out of the country, you have to delete all your music
    --If you file for bankruptcy, you have to delete all the music on your computer
    --You cannot use the music as a soundtrack for your latest family photo slideshow, or mash-ups, or sampling

    Why do these sound like blue laws?

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