[funsec] Sony BMG to Pay $1.5M to Settle State Suits Over CD Rootkit Debacle

Fergie fergdawg at netzero.net
Tue Dec 19 15:03:56 CST 2006


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After more than a year...

Via USA Today (AP).

[snip]

Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay $1.5 million and kick in thousands
more in customer refunds to settle lawsuits brought by California and Texas
over music CDs that installed a hidden anti-piracy program on consumers'
computers.

The program surreptitiously monitored users' behavior, and the method Sony
BMG originally recommended for removing the software also damaged
computers.

The settlements, announced Tuesday, cover lawsuits over CDs loaded with one
of two types of copy-protection software — known as MediaMax or XCP.

Under the terms of the separate settlements, each state will receive
$750,000 in civil penalties and costs.

[snip]

More:
http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/2006-12-19-sony-settle_x.htm

- - ferg

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