Sony and parent company BMG have had a rude awakening over the past couple of weeks. Sony has been trying to deal with the negative consequences of badly-implemented DRM software on 50 CD titles released this fall. The uproar has been justified. It's one thing to protect your copyrighted content from unauthorized copying and file sharing. It's another thing altogether to place invisible (rootkit) software on a CD that will be inserted into peoples' computers, making those computers vulnerable to viruses and hackers. In fact, spyware is now against the law. Both the State of Texas, of "don't mess with Texas" fame, and a California-based digital rights group have filed lawsuits against Sony BMG, citing their states’ respective anti-spyware laws. If found guilty, the penalties levied in the Texas lawsuit alone can be as high as $100,000 per affected user.