Dave Shanley has an interesting post on how you can steal protected music from MySpace. It’s pretty straight forward and demonstrative, so I probably don’t need to say much beyond read the post. I’ve actually known about this for a few days, but there was some back and forth regarding how to disclose the issue. Honestly, this probably isn’t that bad, given how many users have had their usernames and passwords stolen from MySpace anyway, but there you have it.
However, what is a little disturbing is the fact that we are seeing so many of these lately. It’s really hard to protect yourself if you rely on a company to do it for you. id and I were talking to someone about this very fact just a few days ago. Should this person put their music on MySpace. If you put any information online you should expect that information to be treated like public knowledge. If your significant other, your boss, your priest, or the judge at your arraignment would disapprove you probably shouldn’t put it online. If it’s a piece of music, cut it off in the middle, or upload a significantly degraded quality version. Find a way to retain the rights to it knowing that security vulnerabilities do and will happen. Relying on companies to do it for you is taking on a pretty big personal risk.