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  • Welcome to this week's episode of "Corporate Stupidity", the program that shows you just how stupid companies can be when it comes to making money!

    Today we take a look at SunnComm Technologies. They produced a CD copy-protection program for inclusion on music CDs. It is supposed to allow you to send tracks to people legally. The tracks would stop working after a limited number of times or a specific amount of time.

    BBC News reported the following:

    "Mr Halderman found that SunnComm's MediaMax CD-3 software could be bypassed by holding down the shift key on a Windows PC when a copy-protected CD was inserted. This temporarily disables the autorun function on Windows, stopping a anti-piracy program from installing itself on the computer."

    It seems that a PHB at SunnComm thought that they could sue Mr. Halderman because he was sharing this secret information. Evidently, someone who is Windows literate set the PHB straight before the company sought legal action.

    Imagine the hilarity that would have ensued had no one told the PHB! I've known the "secret" about holding down shift to disable autorun for years now.

    That is about all of the time we have for this episode of "Corporate Stupidity". Join us next time when we explore just how stupid corporations can get in the pursuit of money.