Sony’s rootkit debacle didn’t turn out that bad for them after all. Despite the lawyers jumping on the opportunity and Microsoft putting the product on its spyware list, the company comes out smelling like a rose (at least if your nose is that of a shareholder).
The settlement – if you jump through hoops, joining the class group and getting on a list, you get a free CD and a few restricted downloads. Wow!
Some people likely spent days (if not weeks) cleaning up systems as a result of this issue – lots of lost productivity and likely lots of lost money. A new CD? Some folks are pissed. I ask “what did you expect?”