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Sony Uses DMCA To Shut Down Aibo Hack Site 418

Therlin writes: "Victor Matsuda, Vice President of Sony's Entertain Robot America (makers of AIBO), sent a letter to Aibopet.com citing the Digital Mellennium Copyright Act. You can read the letter here. Aibopet is the website of an AIBO owner who enjoys researching AIBO. He also provides free software programs to improve and add features to the robots." I bet Sony won't increase their Aibo sales this way -- don't they like fanatical customers?
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Sony Uses DMCA To Shut Down Aibo Hack Site

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  • by SevenTowers ( 525361 ) on Saturday October 27, 2001 @09:22PM (#2488488) Homepage
    In fact I think it is well within Sony's rights to express concern over the dangerous software this man is writing. Imagine all those little robots going mad and attacking cats and babies... How much money would they lose then?

  • Not fair (Score:1, Funny)

    by tomstdenis ( 446163 ) <tomstdenis@gAUDENmail.com minus poet> on Saturday October 27, 2001 @09:31PM (#2488519) Homepage
    While I disagree with Sony's use of the DMCA to shut down fan websites, I have to say this to the group

  • by PhReaKyDMoNKeY ( 522192 ) <jbacon @ l c l a r k . e du> on Saturday October 27, 2001 @09:37PM (#2488532)
    Quite a bit, I'd imagine, but the resulting TV mvie would net them millions due to the intrinsic humor value in the image of cute little robot dogs gone mad. I know I'd pay good money to see that. What I'd be a little more worried about is a tech-savvy terrorist/anarchist/generally insane person rigging one of those bad boys to blow and running him into a crowd/building/whatever. A suicide bomber without the loss in manpower sounds like a good deal to me.
  • DCMA (Score:5, Funny)

    by rbright ( 54766 ) on Saturday October 27, 2001 @09:38PM (#2488534)
    The DCMA makes me embarassed to be a citizen of the UAS.
  • by flacco ( 324089 ) on Saturday October 27, 2001 @11:08PM (#2488696)
    I wonder why Sony is doing this since the less warrenties they have to honor the more money they make.

    Wrong. Sony wants to sell the "Aibo Licks His Balls" expansion pack, not have some deviant terrorist hacker commie give it away for free.

  • Y-M-C-A (Score:2, Funny)

    by yerricde ( 125198 ) on Sunday October 28, 2001 @01:58AM (#2488982) Homepage Journal
    This song is not based on "YCMA".

    Young man,
    there's no need to feel down
    Because your plane
    back home can't get off the ground
    I said young man,
    Get comfy in your new town
    There's no need to be unhappy.

    Young man,
    There's no place you can go
    I said young man,
    Until you cough up some dough
    You will stay here
    until you've served all your time
    For your insignificant crime.

    It's fun to stay in the U S of A,
    Because of that old grand D M C A
    For cracking DVD's,
    Or an e-book or three,
    You'll get jailed for eterniteeeee...

    It's fun to stay in the U S of A
    Because of that old grand D M C A
    For proving to the world
    That our encryption's a toy
    You'll get jailed with all the boyyyyyyys...

  • by t_allardyce ( 48447 ) on Sunday October 28, 2001 @05:33AM (#2489198) Journal
    + He programed Aibo to copy dance moves from some crapy boy-band, which sony own thus violating copyrights. Also, Aibo did it so well, that their jobs where at risk

    + He was getting to close to discovering that after dark and when knowone is looking, Aibo finds the nearest phone line, sticks it's ..cough.. plugs itself in and uploads video, audio, and GPS data to Sony HQ.

    + The encryption method they use is actually the same system that will be adopted for the SSSCA, and Sony were just future proofing.

    + He managed to disable the "Aibo kill owner" command that activates when Aibo detects someone pirating Sony material and tries to kill them using a hidden array of deadly weapons.

Radioactive cats have 18 half-lives.