Sony's settling Copyright Battle with Customers

Published: 2006-01-03
The ongoing saga of the Sony copyright protected CDs seems to be winding to an end.

It was discovered that Sony CDs that had copyright protection on them put something on your computer besides music. It installed a program onto your computer, like spyware that not only took information about your computer use and sent it back to Sony but also made your computer more susceptible to viruses.

In November lawsuits were filed against the record company for failing to report this software to their customers and since then the CDs have been pulled from store shelves.

On December 28 a proposed settlement was made that will have Sony cleaning up its mess.

First of all, any production of the CDs with the harmful software must now cease and for those who already have the nasty stuff on their computer Sony BMG is ordered to put out software to remove it from your computers, these should now be up on Sony's website.

Then for the folks who already purchased the discs Sony is offering a full recall meaning that if you send them back your bad CD they will send you back a 'clean' one. Also for your troubles the company is offering a choice of two packages along with your new CD, package A will include $7.50 US and an album downloaded from a digital music store and Package B will be three albums downloaded from a digital music store.

It is still unknown which music stores will participate but according to Digital Music News the settlement requires Sony "use commercially reasonable efforts to offer Apple Computer, Inc.'s popular iTunes as one of the download services available to Settlement Class Members."

The settlement was made with the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York, but it has yet to be finalized.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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