How Restrictive Terms and Technologies Backfired on Sony BMG

Internet & E-Commerce Law in Canada, Vol. 6, No. 12, February 2006

15 Pages Posted: 18 May 2006  

Jeremy de Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Abstract

This short paper addresses the issue of restrictive contractual terms and digital rights management technologies in the music industry, using the recent controversy surrounding Sony BMG Music as a case study. The issues are discussed mainly from a Canadian perspective. Part I provides an overview of the factual and technical background to this story. Part II contains an analysis of the legal consequences of Sony BMG's actions, and offers some insights as to the policy implications for consumer protection, contract and copyright laws.

Keywords: copyright, digital rights management, drm, sony, rootkit, music, canada

Suggested Citation

de Beer, Jeremy, How Restrictive Terms and Technologies Backfired on Sony BMG. Internet & E-Commerce Law in Canada, Vol. 6, No. 12, February 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=901305

Jeremy De Beer (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

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