[JPL] To Be Owned By Sony

Ed Trefzger ed.trefzger at jazzweek.com
Fri Nov 18 10:01:52 EST 2005

It looks like the software Sony BMG used has itself violated  
copyright rules. From a Reuters story running at CNET:

This music player contains components from an open-source project, an  
MP3 player called LAME, it has emerged.

"Multiple software components on the CD have references to the LAME  
open-source MP3 code," Finnish software developer Matti Nikki said in  
an e-mail.

After unraveling the code, others found similar evidence.

"We can confirm that at least five functions in the XCP software are  
identical to functions in LAME," said Thomas Dullien at security  
software firm Saber Security in Bochum, Germany, which specializes in  
the analysis of complex software.

Open-source software, if used, needs to be identified as such, so  
that it can be freely shared with others. Developers on Slashdot.org  
and other Internet bulletin boards could not find an open-source  
reference in the copy-protection software.

If open-source software is tightly integrated into a single  
executable program, the whole application has to become open source  
software, even open source software such as LAME whose MP3 encoder is  
licensed under the more relaxed Lesser General Public License (LGPL),  
a lawyer said.

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