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Something Pfishy at Sony?
It seems to me that what you suggest, that Sony wanted to scare customers out of playing their (is that Sony or the customer) CD on a computer, is just a by-product of the whole fiasco. Some smart Sony employee may have suggested how, "hey, this could work to our advantage!". There are people in Sony's PR department who are paid good money to think about things like that. If they planned to scare people to begin with then Sony's legal department were left out of the loop because they would probably have had a few strong words about it. For me, either way, I have lost respect for Sony as a company. They have no business "scaring me" and they have no business assuming I won't make use of *my* CD in a responsible way. If they think I am a criminal then they should charge me with a crime, not dick me around because the music I'm interested in happens to be on the Sony/BMG Label.