Sunday, November 13, 2005
Sony BMG is psycho-capitalist
Sony BMG is
Sony? Psycho-capitalist? What do I mean? Let me explain.
Psycho-capitalism is capitalism gone insane with greed, sadism, or selfishness.
It's when a corporation decides to:
* deceive consumers with false advertising
* brainwash children with cartoony commercials
* punish dissent within
* stifle innovation
* provide lousy customer after-sale service
* hype buggy and defective products
* use legal disclaimers that put burden of product repair on customer
* raid the employee pension fund
* engage in offshore outsourcing
* provide bloated compensation packages to the CEO--while downsizing and cutting employee health benefits.
I don't love unions. I am not a liberal, lefty, or socialist. I am not a Democrat or a Republican. I have no hidden political agenda, since I don't even believe in politicians or government.
But I attack anything in any regime, political party, or corporation, that I feel is wrong, stupid, or sadistic. And believe me, there's plenty to complain about.
Sony BMG is the very definition of Psycho-Capitalism, capitalism gone mad.
If you think I'm not being very nice, if you think I'm harsh, then you need to learn a little more about what's really going on. You know about Enron, Worldcom, etc., right? Well, they're just the tip of the corruption iceberg.
Here. I've done some research for you.
Check out Sony BMG Music Entertainment's legal disclaimer, as displayed on the back of the SWITCHFOOT "Nothing is Sound" CD. And this is a supposedly "Christian" band that went along with this crap.
This product limits your ability to make multiple digital copies of its content, and you will not be able to play this disc or make copies onto devices not listed as compatible.
In rare cases, you may experience difficulties with compatible devices.
This product is provided AS IS, without any warranties.
You bear the entire risk as the quality and performance of this product; if this product is defective or results in damage to your property, you assume the entire cost of repair.
Acceptance of an End User License Agreement, on the disc or available at www [dot] emimusic [dot] info, or the street addresses provided below, is required to use the digital content on a computer.
Sorry, SWITCHFOOT, but I can't see Jesus allowing a CD of his sermons or singing to be accompanied by such an outrageous, negligent, anti-consumer disclaimer.
Friends, would you buy a loaf of bread, a car, a wristwatch, a halogen lamp, a furnace, or even a piece of candy...
...with this type of disclaimer attached?
Sony is admitting upfront, if you read between the lines, that the product IS defective, CAN cause damage to your computer (and network), and they don't want to be accountable or responsible for any negative consequences.
If you've been following the story on Sony's DRM schemes, you understand why this disclaimer is so absurdly selfish and anti-consumer.
They're installing rootkits into your hard drive, when you Agree to the dialog box Installation Agreement, just to be able to play the music CD.
These rootkits are "cloaked" in the same manner as malware: viruses, Trojans, and worms. If you try to delete or uninstall it, it could destroy your CD drive. Sony is thus imitating cyber-criminals and digital thugs. Shame on their skanky asses.
This is not Ethical Capitalism. This is Psycho-Capitalism.
[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
Posted by steven edward streight at 11/13/2005 12:17:00 PM