strider44 writes "Mark from Sysinternals has digged a little deeper into the Sony DRM and discovered it Phones Home with an ID for the CD being listened to. XCP Support claims that "The player has a standard rotating banner that connects the user to additional content (e.g. provides a link to the artist web site). The player simply looks online to see if another banner is available for rotation. The communication is one-way in that a banner is simply retrieved from the server if available. No information is ever fed back or collected about the consumer or their activities." Also on this topic, Matt Nikki in the comments section discovered that the DRM can be bypassed simply by renaming your favourite ripping program with "$sys$" at the start of the filename and ripping the CD using this file, which is now undetectable even by the Sony DRM. You can use the Sony rootkit itself to bypass their own DRM!" Update: 11/07 14:21 GMT
: Attentive reader Matteo G.P. Flora also notes that an Italian lawyer has filed suit
against Sony on behalf of the Italian equivalent of the EFF. Translation availabe through the hive mind
. Update: 11/07 15:18 GMT
: It does appear that in fact Sony does see through the $sys$ - see Muzzy's comment
for more details.