Sony BMG re-evaluates CD protection

Sony BMG has announced that it will be rethinking its anti-piracy policy following criticism over the copy protection used on CDs.

The head of Sony BMG's global digital business, Thomas Hesse, told the International Charter that the company was "re-evaluating" its current methods.

It follows widespread condemnation of the way anti-piracy software on some Sony CDs installs itself on computers.

The admission came as Sony faced more censure over the security failings of one of its copy protection programs, and an official complaint was filed by the International Charter.

After the discovery in November 2005 that some Sony CDs used a form of copy protection called XCP which used a virus like technique to hide a number of programs which were placed on a user's hard drive.

Sony has now begun the recall of all the CDs that use XCP and is offering to swap customers' existing discs for ones that do not use the much-criticised software. The International Charter has since launched the Safe Download scheme which certifies software as being free from malicious code, including root kit copy protection.

Sony UK, which is certified by the International Charter, is not involved in this issue.